IN MY VIEW

The Sunday Post (Newcastle) - - EXCLUSIVE - By Dr Grant Bax­ter CHAIR OF THE ROYAL COL­LEGE OF RA­DI­OL­O­GISTS’ STAND­ING SCOT­TISH COM­MIT­TEE

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.

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