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Boycott threatened against Suella Braverman’s plans to X-ray vulnerable child refugees

Exclusive: Radiographer chief warns system already ‘at breaking point’ without additional pressure

Kate Devlin
Whitehall Editor
Saturday 07 January 2023 14:57 GMT
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NHS staff should boycott Suella Braverman’s controversial plans to X-ray child migrants to check if they have lied about their age, a health chief has warned.

Ross McGhee, the president of the Society of Radiographers, said staff should refuse to carry out the tests, which can carry risks and should be used only when there is a medical need.

He said any move to implement scans for migrants would also pile additional pressure on a system already “at breaking point”, in a week where the prime minister made a personal pledge to reduce NHS waiting lists.

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