Say NO to the general on-site rule for CT
In June 2016, prior to the election, the Coalition made a deal with ADIA and RANZCR to implement a revised Diagnostic Imaging Quality Framework. Included in the proposal is the introduction of a general on-site rule which would mandate that a radiologist be on-site for a minimum of 5 hours a day in order for a practice to provide non-contrast CT services.
We believe the general on-site rule represents a backwards step for radiology in Australia and should be opposed as:
- The measure will result in increased costs and decreased access for patients;
- The measure is not based on clinical evidence;
- There are currently not enough radiologists in Australia for diagnostic imaging providers to be able to fulfil this requirement; and
- The measure is in direct opposition to the Colleges’ own “Position on Teleradiology” statement which recognises that “demographically, Australia and New Zealand are well suited to the application of teleradiology” and that it “has the potential to significantly improve patient care”.
Please sign our petition to let the Minister know that you oppose the introduction of a general on-site rule and that the position of ADIA and RANZCR do not reflect your views.