Let’s explain to David Cameron what radiographers do

Published: 11 February 2016 Ezine

During Prime Minister’s Questions earlier this month, David Cameron seemed to misunderstand the difference between a therapeutic and a diagnostic radiographer.

He was asked by Jeremy Corbyn, the leader of the Labour Party, why training commissions for therapy practitioners were being cut and Mr Cameron responded by pointing out that there are more diagnostic radiographers than when the Conservatives came to government in 2010.

Some commentators interpreted the prime minister’s apparent lack of understanding of what his opposite number had said as the art of political shenanigans, whilst others wondered whether David Cameron does actually know what radiographers do and the roles they have.

Two therapeutic radiographers - Charli Chmylowskyj, who works at Cumberland Infirmary, Carlisle and Karen Aitken of Edinburgh - came up with the idea that SoR members should help the prime minister out and explain to him the different roles of diagnostic and therapeutic radiographers and the work that they do 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

If you would like to become one of the prime minister’s advisors as Charli and Karen suggest:

▪ Tweet @David_Cameron and @Number10gov

▪ Email from the Number 10 website at https://email.number10.gov.uk/

▪ Write a letter to The Rt Honourable David Cameron, Prime Minister, 10 Downing Street, London SW1A 2AA