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Radiologist shortage leaves patient care at risk, warns royal college

BMJ 2017; 359 doi: (Published 11 October 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;359:j4683
  1. Abi Rimmer
  1. The BMJ

The UK does not have enough radiologists to meet imaging and diagnostic demands in the NHS, the Royal College of Radiologists has warned.

Nearly all radiology departments in the UK (97%) said that they had been unable to meet their diagnostic reporting requirements in 2016 within their radiology staff’s contracted hours, the college’s 2016 census report found.1 “This points to an insufficient number of radiologists to meet the increasing demand for imaging and diagnostic services,” it said.

The census received …

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