SoR reacts to Rutherford Health collapse

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The U.K. Society of Radiographers (SoR) has vowed to support members affected by what it described as the "shocking" collapse and liquidation of Rutherford Health, a private diagnostics and therapeutics provider.

Dean Rogers, SoR's director of industrial strategy and member relations, said the organization would do all that it could to support radiographers affected by the failure, in a post on SoR's website.

"This is shocking news for those who work at Rutherford and patients who will be worried about their care pathways. Our priority now is to support members caught up in this. We are asking for urgent talks with the National Health Service (NHS) about how they can step in to offer work and continue to support patients," Dean said.

An announcement was made June 6 that Rutherford Health was in financial difficulties and had entered administration, with the loss of hundreds of jobs. The company operates Rutherford Cancer Centres, a network of oncology facilities located in South Wales, Northumberland, Liverpool, and the Thames Valley.

Recently, the group opened the first community diagnostics center of its kind in Taunton, Somerset, U.K., under contract with the NHS.

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