Quality & Patient Safety

UK: Lack of new X-ray facilities putting patients; lives at risk

Patient Safety Monitor: Global Edition, February 17, 2009

Britain's most senior radiology specialist announced that unnecessary deaths are occurring because hospitals are failing to provide modern x-ray facilities, according to The Independent.

Professor Andy Adam, president of the Royal College of Radiologists told The Independent that nine out of 10 hospitals lack round-the-clock access to staff members and equipment capable of providing interventional radiology.

Funding for the equipment was restricted because funds were required to come from the radiology budget and not from a treatment specialty. "The lack of availability [of interventional radiology] is putting patients' lives at risk," Adams told the Independent. "Some patients have died because the service isn't there and patients will go on dying."

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