The All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Radiotherapy is conducting an inquiry into the current and future state of radiotherapy provision across the UK, and the SCoR has been providing evidence.
After submitting written evidence both as a professional body and also as part of the UK Radiotherapy Board, the Society and College was also invited to participate in a panel meeting at Westminster.
Along with representatives from the Royal College of Radiologists, the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine, Cancer Research UK, radiotherapy service managers, and the Institute of Cancer Research, the SCoR director of professional policy, Charlotte Beardmore delivered a powerful message about key issues for optimal service delivery and patient care including:
Whilst it was acknowledged there is fabulous care delivered by all professionals across the patient pathway, a comprehensive survey on clinical staff across the country identified current staff shortages as a barrier to providing efficient cancer treatments and excellent patient experience. There exist:
The APPG will also be consulting with NHS England and other stakeholders and will formulate a plan to take this evidence forward. The group also intend to follow up with a focussed question in parliament about the impact of the loss of the radiography bursary.