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RCS Response to coalition government programme

20 May 2010

John Black, President of the Royal College of Surgeons said:

“The Royal College of Surgeons warmly welcomes the commitments in the new Coalition Programme to take action on both the European Working Time Regulations and excessive application of criminal records checking. These are two areas which have had serious unintended consequences by dramatically limiting the training and safety of surgery in recent years. We look forward to working constructively with the new administration to address these issues.

On the wider plans for healthcare it is encouraging to see the focus on supporting healthcare professionals to take the decisions best for their individual patients. The college also supports the emphasis on developing clinical audits and patient reported outcome measures as a driver for improving standards, but non-NHS providers must participate in these studies too if they are seeing NHS patients.”