IN MY VIEW
NHS Highland’s difficulties regarding radiologist shortages in Inverness are also being experienced all over Scotland.
More than 90% of imaging departments cannot meet their reporting requirements.
The system is in crisis, with vacancy rates of around onein-six, and even the millions of pounds spent annually on outsourcing and locums can’t bridge the gap.
Scottish radiology services are effectively in intensive care and when radiology services fail, hospitals fail – it is that serious.
Imaging studies are going unreported as there are not enough radiologists to interpret them, meaning patients are subjected to increased stress and worry awaiting results and potentially treatment delays.
Ultimately, poor diagnostic turnaround means patient safety is compromised. We would like an opportunity to meet with the Health Minister and First Minister to address this crisis and implement the necessary solutions.
Nobody would suggest this is simple or can be addressed overnight, but further pontification and delay is not an option.