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Parliamentary questions can be asked by any MSP to the Scottish Government or the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body. The questions provide a means for MSPs to get factual and statistical information.

  • Written questions must be answered within 10 working days (20 working days during recess)
  • Other questions such as Topical, Portfolio, General and First Minister's Question Times are taken in the Chamber

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Dates of parliamentary sessions
  1. Session 1: 12 May 1999 to 31 March 2003
  2. Session 2: 7 May 2003 to 2 April 2007
  3. Session 3: 9 May 2007 to 22 March 2011
  4. Session 4: 11 May 2011 to 23 March 2016
  5. Session 5: 12 May 2016 to 5 May 2021
  6. Current session: 12 May 2021 to 15 June 2024
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Question reference: S6W-28157

  • Asked by: Jackie Baillie, MSP for Dumbarton, Scottish Labour
  • Date lodged: Thursday, 13 June 2024
  • Current Status: Answer expected on 27 June 2024

To ask the Scottish Government whether it plans to increase specialty training places for clinical radiology and clinical oncology to avoid the shortfalls of 36% and 22% respectively by 2028, as projected by the Royal College of Radiologists.

Question reference: S6W-28162

  • Asked by: Jackie Baillie, MSP for Dumbarton, Scottish Labour
  • Date lodged: Thursday, 13 June 2024
  • Current Status: Answer expected on 27 June 2024

To ask the Scottish Government whether it plans to expand (a) clinical space, (b) office space and (c) picture archiving and communication system (PACS) access to accommodate (i) clinical oncology, (ii) diagnostic radiology and (iii) interventional radiology trainees, as recommended by the Royal College of Radiologists.

Question reference: S6W-28165

  • Asked by: Jackie Baillie, MSP for Dumbarton, Scottish Labour
  • Date lodged: Thursday, 13 June 2024
  • Current Status: Answer expected on 27 June 2024

To ask the Scottish Government what plans it has to increase the number of interventional radiologists, in light of the estimate in the Royal College of Radiologists’ Clinical Radiology Workforce Census report that Scotland only has 9.5 interventional radiologists per million of the population, compared with 11.6 across the UK as a whole.

Question reference: S6W-28154

  • Asked by: Jackie Baillie, MSP for Dumbarton, Scottish Labour
  • Date lodged: Thursday, 13 June 2024
  • Current Status: Answer expected on 27 June 2024

To ask the Scottish Government what plans it has to expand the clinical radiology workforce, in light of projections in the Royal College of Radiologists’ 2023 Clinical Radiology Workforce Census that the shortfall of clinical radiologists in Scotland could rise to 36%, or 263 radiologists, by 2028.

Question reference: S6W-28156

  • Asked by: Jackie Baillie, MSP for Dumbarton, Scottish Labour
  • Date lodged: Thursday, 13 June 2024
  • Current Status: Answer expected on 27 June 2024

To ask the Scottish Government, what its response is to the reported projections in the Royal College of Radiologists’ 2023 Clinical Oncology Workforce Census that the shortfall of clinical oncologists could rise to 22%, or 29 oncology consultants, by 2028.

Question reference: S6W-28160

  • Asked by: Jackie Baillie, MSP for Dumbarton, Scottish Labour
  • Date lodged: Thursday, 13 June 2024
  • Current Status: Answer expected on 27 June 2024

To ask the Scottish Government what plans it has to ensure that NHS boards have sufficient funding to maintain and expand the number of training places that they offer for clinical oncology and clinical radiology trainees.

Question reference: S6W-28155

  • Asked by: Jackie Baillie, MSP for Dumbarton, Scottish Labour
  • Date lodged: Thursday, 13 June 2024
  • Current Status: Answer expected on 27 June 2024

To ask the Scottish Government, in light of the Royal College of Radiologists’ 2023 Clinical Oncology Workforce Census, what plans it has to ensure that the reported 16% shortfall of consultant radiologists (a) is addressed and (b) does not impact patient safety or the quality of care.

Question reference: S6W-28163

  • Asked by: Jackie Baillie, MSP for Dumbarton, Scottish Labour
  • Date lodged: Thursday, 13 June 2024
  • Current Status: Answer expected on 27 June 2024

To ask the Scottish Government, in light of the recommendations made by the Royal College of Radiologists (RCR) in its 2023 Clinical Oncology and Clinical Radiology Census reports, whether it will (a) put in place a plan for staff retention in radiology and oncology and (b) meet with the RCR to discuss the findings of its reports.

Question reference: S6W-28166

  • Asked by: Jackie Baillie, MSP for Dumbarton, Scottish Labour
  • Date lodged: Thursday, 13 June 2024
  • Current Status: Answer expected on 27 June 2024

To ask the Scottish Government what plans it has to increase the interventional radiology workforce, in light of the reported 24% shortfall in interventional radiologists in Scotland, according to the latest workforce census from the Royal College of Radiologists.

Question reference: S6W-28153

  • Asked by: Jackie Baillie, MSP for Dumbarton, Scottish Labour
  • Date lodged: Thursday, 13 June 2024
  • Current Status: Answer expected on 27 June 2024

To ask the Scottish Government, in light of the Royal College of Radiologists' 2023 Clinical Radiology Workforce Census, what its plans are to ensure that the 26% shortfall of consultant radiologists in Scotland (a) is addressed and (b) does not impact patient safety or the quality of care.