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The Royal College of Radiologists (RCR) has revealed it has written to prime minister Theresa May calling for greater investment in resources for X-ray and scanning services offered by the NHS.
In the letter, the RCR urges the government to make more funding available to create more radiology and radiography positions across the health service in order to make sure that there are enough experts available to carry out specialist X-ray scans within target timeframes. This will help to ensure patients can receive a diagnosis and begin accessing the best care and treatment for their needs as soon as possible.
However, the Royal College of Physicians has recently stated that the NHS is underfunded, understaffed and under too much pressure, which means it is not able to deliver services including radiography to the highest standard. In fact, statistics from the RCR show that around 250,000 patients currently have to wait for more than a month for the results of their scans or X-rays.
These concerns are what have led president of the RCR Dr Nicola H Strickland to write to Mrs May, stating in the letter: "We call upon your government to take both immediate and longer-term measures to address the issues. We urgently need more clinical radiologists and more clinical oncologists. We need a sustained programme of investment in imaging and radiotherapy equipment.
"As the experts in these fields, we can help you direct such resources effectively to have to desired impact on patient care and patient outcomes."
The RCR hopes that by getting the opportunity to persuade the government to make more funding and training places available for radiologists and radiographers, more jobs in these fields will be created, potentially benefiting millions of patients over the long term.
Written by Megan Smith
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