McDermott Comment | NHS Sends X-rays Abroad amid UK Shortage of Radiologists


Hamid Yunis, Partner and David Gibson, Senior Associate at law firm McDermott Will & Emery, said:

“Against the backdrop of growing waiting lists and undiagnosed conditions in both the UK and across the world, teleradiology has proven to be an increasingly important means of plugging the significant shortfalls in local radiology services reporting and of sharing international expertise. As part of its wide cancer care offering, McDermott regularly supports teleradiology collaborators and investors by providing transactional, data privacy and other regulatory advice for “in-country” and cross-border collaborations. Whilst we hope that improvements in diagnostic equipment, the promise of local diagnostic hubs and the increasing adoption of AI diagnostic tools will help radiology professionals to increase efficiency and quality throughput, we anticipate that teleradiology will continue to play an important role in giving the NHS and other healthcare systems access to suitably qualified radiology professionals and to meet demand for radiology services. Teleradiology is needed as part of a combined solution and will continue to support existing local radiology services provision, but it will also be critical that an effective recruitment and future radiology workforce planning strategy is in place.”