RCR issues new statement on junior doctors' dispute

The U.K. Royal College of Radiologists (RCR) has voiced its continued concern about the impasse in the junior doctors' contract dispute. An all-out strike by junior doctors is planned for 26 and 27 April.

A recent survey of cancer specialists conducted by the RCR and the Association of Cancer Physicians found 95% consider the contract that is being imposed by the government will adversely affect the care of patients with cancer. Also, 52% of trainee cancer specialists are actively considering leaving the National Health Service (NHS).

"This indicates an unacceptable level of risk to the viability of vital clinical services," the RCR noted in a statement.

A solution to the contract dispute must be found without further delay, and a role should be found for organizations representing patients to participate in a new round of discussions centered on finding a solution that supports rather than undermines high-quality patient care, the organization added.

The college also supports the calls of more than 40 patient charities and many politicians across parliament for an independent commission to consider the future funding of the NHS and the social care system.

"We urge the government not to impose the planned new contract on junior doctors and the BMA [British Medical Association] in turn to call off the all-out strike by junior doctors planned for 26 and 27 April," the RCR said. "The RCR, through its members and fellows in clinical radiology and clinical oncology, will continue to support junior doctor members in seeking a fair outcome which is good for patients."

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