The Association of Radiologists said the strike action by radiologists would have a “serious impact” on the NHS, potentially affecting “9 out of 10” patients.
Dean Rogers, the association’s director of industrial strategy, told BBC Radio 4’s Today program that this week’s vote is a “call for help from the profession” and calls for the government to enter talks to discuss “urgent improvements in wages and conditions”.
The latest industrial action comes as NHS consultants are planning to strike on 20 and 21 July – just days after junior doctors in the UK went on strike for 5 days over money. salary, starting July 13.
“Nine out of 10 people see a radiologist during their treatment,” Rogers said. We are completely in front of the front line.
“We are fully aware of the severity and impact our members can have. The government is ignoring that fact and ignoring that reality.
“Patients are suffering every day and this is a cry for help from the medical profession as well as for the patients themselves as well as for themselves.”
Radiologists voted in favor of strike action on Friday after rejecting a proposal for a five percent pay increase plus a lump sum.
He said the action had been “constructed for a very long time” amid pressures on the workforce and far-reaching investment needs.
“It is not too late to redirect the strikes. We believe there are things that can and can be done if the minister sits down with us and talks seriously with us about addressing some of the concerns of our members, ” he added.
No date has yet been set for the radiologists, who perform X-rays, MRIs and CT scans, to leave but the first trip is also expected to take place in July.
Radiologists are also responsible for performing ultrasounds and breast exams, as well as radiation therapy for cancer patients.
Staff at 43 NHS trusts in England have a duty to organize the strikes, the union said after voting 20,000 members.
Affected trusts include major cancer centers and hospitals in health minister Will Quince’s constituency.
Other hospitals affected include Royal Marsden, University College London Hospital, University Hospital Liverpool, Sheffield Teaching Hospital, University Hospital Nottingham, University Hospitals Bristol and Weston and East Suffolk and North Essex strike duty.
The Association of Radiologists said it was consulting with members on next steps, including where and when members would take strike action.
Supplementary Report of the Press Association