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  • 19 November 2019

    The Society of Radiographers has announced it will ballot members in Northern Ireland as to whether they are prepared to take industrial action in support of demands for fair pay.

    In a consultative survey of SoR members, 90.5% of those who responded said they would be willing to take part in industrial action. A meeting of the trade union today confirmed that a formal ballot of the membership will be held.

  • 05 September 2019

    How the Society of radiographers and other trade unions can resist politicians and pressure groups who set one generation against another will be the theme of a fringe meeting at this year's Trades Union Congress (Brighton, 8-11 September).

    Jonathan Charles, a radiographer at St George's Hospital, Tooting, will talk about the 'dangerous perception' that his generation, millenials, are worse off because of the success enjoyed by baby boomers.

  • 05 September 2019

    Delegates at next week's TUC Congress will hear the Society of Radiographers (SoR) make the case to protect the NHS pension and make sure that its defined benefit provision remains in place for all members now and in the future.

    Motion 64 will draw attention to the potential threat to future pension provision because the government have decided that a legal judgement about age discrimination, specifically relating to the scheme for firefighters, applies to all public service schemes.

  • 05 September 2019

    The Society of Radiographers is seconding a motion to protect members from bullying and harassment at work. It will be debated at this year's TUC Congress.

    The motion by the College of Podiatry asks the General Council and the unions to work together to ensure that the issue is taken seriously, and more is done to protect members.

    In the most recent NHS staff survey, more than a quarter of respondents reported at least one incident of bullying and harassment in the previous 12 months.

  • 05 September 2019

    A Society of Radiographers' motion at this year's Trade Union Congress, originally passed at this year's SoR Annual Delegates Conference, calls on the TUC to campaign against money being offered to private patients to switch their treatment to the NHS.

    With tough NHS waiting targets, particularly for cancer care, the Society claims that private insurers are persuading patients to use NHS services.

  • 05 September 2019

    Delegates at next week's TUC Congress will be asked to join the Society of Radiographers and put pressure on National Health Service trusts in England to stop them outsourcing vital services to subsidiaries and shell companies.

    Motion 48, which was passed unanimously at the Society's Annual Delegates Conference earlier this year, highlights concerns that trusts are continuing to offload work to businesses despite being advised by NHS Improvement in 2018 to pause plans to set-up more subsidiaries.

  • 05 September 2019

    The TUC Congress will be urged to reassert its policy that “we reject a vision of free trade” that “offers up public services like the NHS to rapacious multinational companies.”

    A motion proposed by the British Dietetic Association (BDA) and seconded by the SoR, will call on the General Council to demand that the NHS is specifically excluded from future trade deals.

  • 29 March 2019

    The decision by the University of Portsmouth to close the BSc (Hons) radiotherapy and oncology course has been slammed by the organisation which represents the healthcare professionals who deliver life-saving cancer treatment.

  • 10 September 2018

    Concern employers will find money from austerity budgets or will reduce employee benefits  

    The government must not expect public sector employers to fund increased pension contributions following an announcement earlier this week that payments must rise because of accounting changes forced on the scheme by HM Treasury, according to an Emergency Motion at the TUC Conference ((9-12 September, Manchester) proposed by the Society of Radiographers.

  • 05 September 2018

    A campaign to improve funding for mental health will be launched at this year’s TUC conference to ensure that the ‘needs are met of the most vulnerable in our society’.

    A conference motion from the Society of Radiographers and UNISON will condemn the lack of trained staff or funding for mental health in the NHS.

    Gareth Thomas, the Society’s immediate past president, who will be speaking during the debate, said that “Patients who cannot afford to pay for private healthcare are waiting for essential help in their time of greatest need.

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