No consultation with x-ray technologists
VANCOUVER, April 1 /CNW/ - Yesterday, Royal Inland Hospital announced a
radical cut in outpatient x-ray services, with no consultation with the
The hospital's x-ray technologists are raising the alarm that Royal
Inland Hospital is putting patient services at risk.
"Royal Inland announced yesterday that starting Sunday, patients should
no longer come to the hospital for routine outpatient x-rays," said
Reid Johnson, President of the Health Sciences Association.
"Outpatient x-rays are a source of much-needed revenue for the hospital.
And they want to give them away to the for-profit clinics? That's
Johnson said this move will also destabilize the x-ray staffing for the
hospital. "X-ray technologists are highly-trained and in great demand.
Cutting 150 scans a week will affect staffing at the hospital, and make
it even more difficult to recruit x-ray technologists to Kamloops."
The region already has a serious recruitment problem with other medical
imaging technologists, Johnson added. "This will continue to add to
Royal Inland's problems - which, ultimately, may result in compromised
care for the people of Kamloops."
The Health Sciences Association of British Columbia is the union
representing more than 16,000 health care and social services
professionals at more than 250 facilities and agencies in acute care,
long-term care, and community health. HSA's members include medical
imaging professionals such as x-ray technologists, CT techs, and MRI
SOURCE Health Sciences Association of British Columbia
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