State of the wait
A major reason for this backlog is that we have a 29% shortfall of clinical radiologists. There is also a 17% shortfall of clinical oncologists, which means growing waiting times for patients who need timely treatment. This is why we’re calling on the government to make sure its workforce plan is fully-funded, and covers both long-term issues like training numbers as well as immediate issues like pensions.
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The NHS in England would have to employ more diagnostic radiology consultants overnight in order to clear the 6 week wait for CT and MRI scans in one month.* The figures below indicate how many more consultants would be needed to reduce the gap.
*This is calculated based on CT scans and MRI scans taking an average 15 and 20 minutes respectively to report.