Report highlights staffing issues in Breast Screening Programme

Published: 16 May 2016 Ezine

A new report into the NHS Breast Screening Programme (NHSBSP) published by the Royal College of Radiologists has highlighted the extent of staffing shortages.

The report reveals that 25% of sites are understaffed, and 13% of breast radiologist posts in the U.K are vacant, with only around half of these expected to be filled in the next 12 months.

The report also sheds light on the current workforce of consultant radiographers in the NHSPSP. It found that:

  • Seven in ten breast screening units did not have a consultant radiographer specialising in breast work.
  • Of the consultant radiographers responding to the survey, 28% worked less than full time.
  • Nearly half of the respondents to the survey indicated they were likely to retire in the next 10 years.
  • 20% of consultant radiography posts are unfilled.

Click here to read the report.