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Plans to boost cancer workforce are “scratching the surface,” says radiology leader

BMJ 2017; 359 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.j5675 (Published 06 December 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;359:j5675
  1. Abi Rimmer
  1. The BMJ

Plans to increase the number of clinical radiologists in the NHS by nearly 300 by 2021 do not go far enough and will not improve cancer care, the president of the Royal College of Radiologists has warned.

Nicola Strickland was responding to Health Education England’s (HEE) Cancer Workforce Plan, published on 5 December.1 While she welcomed its focus on the cancer workforce, she said that the NHS would still fail to fulfil the ambitions of the English cancer strategy “by a wide margin.”

In the plan HEE said that it would boost radiology training places by 35 a …

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