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Government Relations and Consultation

The Royal College of Surgeons of England is the professional body for surgery. As part of our commitment to enabling surgeons to achieve and maintain the highest standards of surgical practice and patient care we provide independent advice for government and policymakers on surgery and information to patients and the public.

This section contains information on College policy and public issues including:

Position statements and reports – the College position on key issues affecting surgery. We also provide briefings on contemporary issues in surgery, including background information and statistics.

Consultation responses – the College response to consultation documents from the government and other organisations.

RCS priorities

View the College's priorities for a new government.

Working with other bodies

The College works closely with a number of other bodies, which allows us to share our expertise and benefit from the expertise of others.

The College is one of a number of medical royal colleges in the UK. The Academy of Medical Royal Colleges (AoMRC) facilitates and coordinates work between the colleges, allowing us to maintain a close relationship with the other professional bodies.

We also work alongside the surgical specialty associations, which represent the interests of, and set the standards for, various surgical specialties. Although these are separate organisations, many are based at the College and have representation on our Council. A list of specialty associations can be found online.

Additionally, the College is a member of the Association of Medical Research Charities (AMRC), which helps us further our aim to raise awareness of issues around surgical research and enables us to participate in discussions with other charities interested in promoting and supporting medical research.

Contact the RCS Policy and Public Affairs team

For all enquiries relating to the College’s policies and public issues please contact the team on:


Phone: 020 7869 6049