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RCS response to the Patients Association FOI story

08 March 2011

The Royal College of Surgeons responds to the Patients Association FOI story on access to elective surgery.

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

“It’s worrying to hear that hundreds of patients are reporting problems accessing routine surgery, or having to wait longer for it.  Patients must be seen on clinical need, rather than a financial basis. Any cost savings this may bring in the short term will be negated as these patients present with more serious conditions further down the line.”