Wales’ radiology services will need help, despite improvements

Despite well-managed services and improved wait times, radiology services in Wales will struggle to meet the rising demand officials are already seeing in the U.K. nation, according to a BBC News story.

A review, which began in 2016, analyzed U.K. health boards’ efforts to meet increasing radiological demands, and put forth several findings and recommendations in a recently published report. It found Wales was the only U.K. nation to improve its imaging waiting times. Additionally, imaging demand is increasing in some areas by up to 15 percent per year.

Despite this, Auditor General for Wales, Adrian Crompton, called on the Welsh Government to take action, BBC reported.

"Given the nature of some of the issues facing radiology services in Wales, action taken alone by health boards will not be enough to ensure the future sustainability of radiology services - and national strategic planning is required," the report, quoted by BBC, read.

It said, according to BBC, that its launched an imaging taskforce to help NHS Wales address specific problems.

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