Workers Party candidates have called for the adoption of the five-point manifesto presented by the Society of Radiographers as one of the ways that hospital services can be enhanced and referral times and waiting lists reduced.
“We fully support the call by local radiographers for an above inflation pay settlement as one way in which staff retention and future recruitment can be enhanced”, the candidates said in a joint statement
Hospital Radiography departments provide a wide range of diagnostic imaging services including CT scanning, ultra sound and X-Rays.
“Only through planned and guaranteed investment can out of date equipment be replaced, staff shortages be addressed and timely access to services, diagnosis and treatment be secured”,the statemengt said
“Referral times and waiting lists could be significantly reduced though the development of existing staff and an increase in the number of reporting radiographers”.
Over £10 million was spent last year alone in Northern Ireland outsourcing patient images.
“Nine out of every ten patients attending hospital will be seen by a radiographer for diagnosis or treatment. It is vitally important that we invest in their skills and careers to ensure that high quality services are available when thet afre needed”.