BIR supports joint statement from the Imaging and Oncology Forum

3 November 2022

We are pleased to support a statement published by the Imaging and Oncology Forum calling for support to reduce the service pressure in diagnostic imaging.

The Imaging and Oncology Forum is aware that Diagnostic Imaging services in the UK are being expected to perform beyond their normal capacity. We acknowledge the pressure to recover waiting times and case management to pre-pandemic levels. However, the Forum strongly opposes the current approach, which we believe is reckless and unsustainable. Over-capacity working threatens patient safety, is harming healthcare professionals and is challenging service quality.

The Forum calls on UK governments, healthcare policy bodies and hospital management teams to recognise the risks to their services and to patients and to support imaging services as they seek to build capacity to meet rising demands.

The BIR is one of eight societies in the forum – AXREM, British Medical Ultrasound Society, British Nuclear Medicine Society, British Society of Echocardiography, Society of Radiographers, Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine and the Royal College of Radiologists.


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