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Volume 454: debated on Monday 11 December 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate she has made of the (a) actual and (b) optimum number of (i) diagnostic and (ii) therapeutic radiographers working in the NHS. (106122)

As at September 2005 there were a total of 14,539 radiographers working in the national health service, of which 12,700 were diagnostic radiographers and 1,839 were therapeutic radiographers.

It is the responsibility of primary care trusts and strategic health authorities to analyse their local situation and develop plans, in liaison with their local NHS trusts and primary care providers, to deliver high quality NHS services and take action to recruit the appropriate staff required to deliver these services.