Does this trend mean radiologists will eventually become little more than human battery hens, grafting all hours without proper employment and pension rights? Or will outsourcing set them free from the shackles imposed by the daily grind and enable hospitals to make huge efficiency gains? And how will patients be affected?
Against this background, a lively debate was held at last week's U.K. Radiological Congress (UKRC) to discuss the pros and cons of outsourcing the reporting of images. The motion was: This house thinks outsourcing will be the death of radiology as we know it in this country. Speaking for the motion was Dr. Nicola Strickland, a consultant radiologist with the Imperial College Healthcare National Health Service (NHS) Trust. Speaking against was Dr. Don Collie, a consultant radiologist at Fife Acute Hospitals NHS Trust and Spire Murrayfield Hospital Edinburgh, as well as managing director of Expert Eye.
AuntMinnieEurope.com has recreated this debate in a video recorded at UKRC 2013 and moderated by editorial adviser Dr. Richard FitzGerald, a consultant radiologist at Royal Wolverhampton Hospitals NHS Trust.
Click the image below to view the discussion. Peter Greggs, Joe Campbell, and Lettie Pattinson produced and edited this video. Look out for more videos from UKRC 2013 we will be posting during this month.
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