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RCS statement on White Paper 'Liberating the NHS'

12 July 2010

"The Royal College of Surgeons welcomes the focus on clinical leadership based on effective measurement of outcomes to drive the future NHS.

The best results and the best patient experience are achieved when there is continuity of care. If these new proposals are to benefit patients having surgery, they must enable GPs the flexibility to make decisions based upon the need of the individual patient and allow them to refer to a single, named consultant who will see their patient through the operation and afterwards.

We need to hear more detail, especially on the composition of proposed GP consortia and the powerful new independent NHS commissioning board. The RCS looks forward to participating in the consultation for these changes.”

John Black, President, Royal College of Surgeons of England