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Screening programme needs more radiologists.

Byline: Tom Bodden

A SHORTAGE of skilled staff is hindering the expansion of a successful breast cancer screening programme in Wales.

Deaths from breast cancer in Wales have fallen in a key age group, party due to improved screening and medical techniques.

But the director of Breast Test Wales Dr Cerilan Rogers reported a lack of skilled personnel in all disciplines, but especially in radiology.

``Breast Test Wales has been relatively successful in recruiting staff but the availability of skilled personnel remains just sufficient to meet the demands of the programme,'' he said in the annual report.

``No additional capacity is available and this has posed difficulties throughout the last two years, `` Dr Rogers said.

``However, we remain committed to providing the highest quality service possible and remain grateful to colleagues throughout the NHS and other agencies for recognition of the difficulties we face and their continued support.''

The NHS programme operated by Breast Test Wales reported that deaths in the 55-69 age group were down by 32pc in 1999 compared to 1988. Over the period, the number of deaths fell from 109 per 100,000 to 74 deaths per 100,000.

The report says that detection rates also continue to improve.

Dr Rogers said: ``This has been a challenging period for the breast screening programme in its provision of a high quality service and the additional challenges posed by the expansion of the breast screening programme announced by the National Assembly.''

Dr Rogers pointed out that breast screening - while not 100pc effective - is women's best defence against breast caner.
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Date:Jun 8, 2002
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