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Patient Safety Issues

RCS and BHS statement on use of mesh implants for inguinal hernia repair (June 2019)

The Royal College of Surgeons (RCS) and the British Hernia Society (BHS) have published a joint statement on the use of mesh implants for inguinal hernia repair. 

Assuring standards in the independent sector (April 2019)

The RCS has published a position statement setting out the changes to standards in the independent sector it believes are required to prevent a repeat of the harm caused by rogue breast surgeon, Ian Paterson. 

Seven-day care (September 2015)

Our view on seven-day care is set out in this position statement.

Non-surgical cosmetic procedures (March 2015)

This position statement sets out the College's views on the regulation of non-surgical cosmetic procedures.

Wilful neglect or ill-treatment in health and social care (June 2014)

The College produced this briefing on Government amendments to create a new offence of wilful neglect or ill treatment in health and social care ahead of their reading in the Commons.

Duty of Candour (February 2014)

The College produced this statement setting out its views on duty of candour and how a culture of openness and transparency can drive professionalism and improve standards in the NHS.

Following the Government's response to the Mid Staffordshire Public Inquiry, Professor Norman Williams, President of the College, and Sir David Dalton Chief Executive of Salford Royal Hospital, were asked by the Secretary of State for Health to lead a review on two proposals to enhance candour in the NHS.

The final report ‘Building a culture of candour: A review of the threshold for the duty of candour and of the incentives for care organisations to be candid’, published in March 2014, can be accessed here.

The College also set out its view on the proposed duty of candour in this briefing in October 2014, ahead of a debate on the matter in the House of Lords.

Mid-Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust Public Inquiry (March 2013)

In this document, the College sets out its views on Robert Francis QC's public inquiry into the events at Mid-Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust.

The College produced this briefing ahead of a debate on the Francis inquiry in March 2014.

The Five Steps to Safer Surgery (December 2010)

In this statement, the College strongly endorses the National Patient Safety Agency's 'Five steps to safer surgery' programme, which recommends team briefing and debriefing in conjunction with the WHO safer surgery checklist.

Clinical Board for Surgical Safety (2010)

The President of the Royal College of Surgeons chairs the National Patient Safety Agency Clinical Board for Surgical Safety. The document outlines the function of the Board and its achievements in the first two years of operation.

Openness with patients (July 2010)

This position statement sets out the College's views on how openness can be improved through enabling organisations to foster supportive working environments, rather than imposing a legal duty of candour.

Continuity of care (October 2009)

In this statement, the College set out principles around accountability, communication and patient experience which it believes are essential to ensuring continuity of care during surgical care.

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