Seven days in medicine: 27 September to 3 October

BMJ 2017; 359 doi: (Published 05 October 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;359:j4563

Re: Seven days in medicine: 27 September to 3 October (Women with disabilities miss out on screening)

This article raises an important point about health equity in the UK. Though it highlights a number of factors contributing to poorer screening rates in women with disabilities, I would like to draw attention to one: the increasing lack of breast radiologists, which is only perceived to grow in the coming years. Radiology remains a competitive specialty at recruitment level, so how can we build capacity to increase training numbers? If we are committed to providing effective screening programmes, surely we need to invest in training more radiologists, just as much as overcoming barriers to healthcare?

Competing interests: No competing interests

12 October 2017
Dilan D Joshi
Academic FY2
Northampton General Hospital, UK