Letters

How dare the Society of Radiographers try to influence trusts' choice of the most cost efficient methods for providing high technology, and also reduce opportunities for its members to work with such technology in environments they may find more attractive than the limited NHS facilities available (News, page 6, 3 September)?

The private sector provides scanning facilities unaffordable to trusts, and constantly updates technology.

Only super-trusts could find the resources to replace such equipment before its planned lifespan, and technology is advancing much faster than the average trust can cope with.

The Society of Radiographers, effectively a trade union, could be better employed in enhancing radiographers' pay and conditions to make the NHS more attractive.

If the society gained the support of all radiographers - many choose not to be members - it could become more influential.

As it is, members enjoy scant protection from redundancy, skill shortage and harsh working conditions due to staff shortages caused by lack of resistance to school closures and the move towards degree entry to the profession with reduced standardisation of training quality and postgraduate support.

As a practising radiographer, I am disappointed by the society's attitude.

It should welcome any opportunity for its members to use state-of-the-art technology for clients' benefit.

It should remove its head from the sand, dismount its charger and support the caring profession it is supposed to serve, instead of limiting exciting professional opportunities by tokenistic posturing. It should also take note of its own motto and emerge from the darkness into light.

David Stelmach Pontefract