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RCR statement on industrial action

The Royal College of Radiologists (RCR) isn’t a trade union and we do not have a mandate to advise our Fellows and members on industrial action. However, we understand the frustrations of doctors and recognise their right to industrial action.

We can also make sure we draw attention to the facts, as we do in every opportunity we have:

  • There is currently a 17% shortfall in clinical oncology and 29% in clinical radiology, which is limiting our ability to give safe and effective care. These shortfalls are set to worsen in the years to come.
  • Over the last decade, there has been a real-terms cut in doctors’ pay.
  • In a recent survey of our members, half reported being burned out, and a further 33% reported being slightly burned out.

Commenting on the announcement of industrial action for junior doctors, Dr Katharine Halliday, President of the RCR, said:

“We are in a workforce crisis, reflecting years of failure to recruit or retain enough staff. Doctors are facing increasing pressure, in worsening conditions and with real-terms cuts to their pay in recent years.

“The decision to strike will not be a decision that any health professional takes lightly. It is deeply frustrating that we have got to this point, and we urge the Government to make the NHS workforce a priority. That means training more doctors and acting on the immediate issues, like pay and pensions, which are causing so many to leave.”