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Radiology

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 27th June 2018.

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Photo of Steve McCabe Steve McCabe Labour, Birmingham, Selly Oak

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make it his policy to increase the number of funded training places for radiologists in order to be provide continuous interventional radiology services throughout the country.

Photo of Steve McCabe Steve McCabe Labour, Birmingham, Selly Oak

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has to mitigate the disparity between the number of interventional radiology consultants working in the NHS and the increasing demand for interventional radiology procedures throughout England.

Photo of Steve Brine Steve Brine The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

Interventional radiology is a sub-specialty of clinical radiology. In the Cancer Workforce Plan for England which was published in December 2017, Health Education England (HEE) set out the case for the need to target additional training support for clinical radiology, histopathology, oncology and diagnostic and therapeutic radiography.

As committed to in the Cancer Workforce Plan, HEE increased the number of clinical radiology training programmes by 35 in 2017, which will lead to 35 additional clinical radiology posts each year for the next five years.

Clinical radiology has achieved a 100% fill rate over the last four years. HEE will consider whether further action is required to increase net supply beyond 2021 in the light of the longer-term workforce strategy.

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