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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. 


Non-surgical cosmetic procedures (March 2015)

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


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.


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