With less than six months to go before the UK is set to leave the European Union, the latest Royal College of Radiologists (RCR) census, published in September, illustrates the extent to which British hospitals are reliant on European radiology talent.
The report shows that in 2017 about one in 10 UK radiologists came from other parts of European Economic Area (EEA). A further 22% came from outside Europe.
The UK’s reliance on European radiology experts was highest in Northern Ireland, where 13% of radiologists were from the EEA.
The census notes that the UK National Health Service was already feeling the effects of brexit. “The proportion of European doctors gaining a licence in the UK has fallen from 25% of the total in 2014 to just 16% in 201,” it says.
The RCR also says the UK is working to improve international recruitment, but efforts so far have been inconclusive.
“There seems to be little evidence that the number of consultant clinical radiologists recruited from outside the UK will change over the next few years, despite current workforce shortages in radiology,” it warns.