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Public Policy

‘Opt-out’ consent for organ donation

The UK Parliament is currently considering the Organ Donation (Deemed Consent) Bill to introduce an ‘opt-out’ consent system for organ and tissue donation in England. In response, the RCS has published a position statement welcoming the proposed system, provided it is accompanied by investment in the infrastructure supporting organ donation and transplantation services, and a public awareness campaign.

Proposal for an NHS and Social Care Commission

The RCS has published a briefing ahead of a Commons debate on the proposed cross-party commission on the future of the NHS and social care. We strongly support calls for a commission as it would allow issues relating to the long-term sustainability of these services to be scrutinised and solutions aired. For the sake of patients this long overdue debate with the public has to happen now.

House of Commons briefing on the Assisted Dying Bill (Sept 2015)

The Royal College of Surgeons believes the law as it currently stands should not be changed and no system should be introduced to allow people to be assisted to die. Read our briefing here.

Parliamentary briefing on priorities for a new government (July 2015)

The College has published a briefing on its priorities for a new government. This sets out what can be done to support high quality surgical care across eight key areas including seven-day care, urgent and emergency care, and reforming training and education.

College statements on the General Election manifestos

The College commented on each of the election manifestos produced by the main political parties in the United Kingdom.

Parliamentary briefing on Assisted Dying Bill (July 2014)

The RCS does not recognise any circumstances under which it should be possible for people to be assisted to die. Read our briefing which was published ahead of the House of Lords second reading of the Assisted Dying Bill (2014-15).

Briefing on standards in the Welsh NHS (November 2013)

The College has sent a briefing to Welsh Assembly Members ahead of an Assembly debate on whether there needs to be a review of NHS hospitals in Wales. This briefing sets out the College's concerns about the NHS in Wales, highlights where we support actions being taken by the government, and what further actions are necessary.

Care Bill (October 2013)

The College has prepared this briefing ahead of the Care Bill's Report Stage in the House of Lords. It sets out our views on expected amendments to parts 2 and 3 of the Bill.

We put together this note ahead of the second day of the Care Bill's Committee Stage in the House of Lords. It sets out the RCS's position on Part 2 of the Care Bill, which includes proposals to help raise standards of care following the recommendations of the Francis Inquiry.

The College also prepared this briefing note ahead of the first day of the Care Bill's Committee Stage. It outlines the RCS's views on Part 3 of the Care Bill, which includes measures relating to Health Education England, Local Education and Training Boards, and the Health Research Authority.

NHS (Procurement, Patient Choice and Competition) (No.2) Regulations (April 2013)

The RCS prepared this briefing note for the House of Lords' motion on the section 75 regulations. There are a number of elements of the regulations that the College welcomes, but we call for peers to seek further clarification on how commissioners' tendering process will work in practice.

Organ donation (February 2013)

Organ transplantation remains one of the most important advances in modern medicine, enabling the treatment of patients who have failed, damaged or missing organs. This paper outlines the College's position on organ donation.

Response to Labour Party policy review (February 2013)

The RCS submitted this response to the Labour Party’s challenge paper Health and Social Care: Delivering Integration.

Assisted dying (2011)

In this submission to the Assisted Dying Commission, the College explains why it believes current laws should not be changed and why no system should be introduced which allows people to be assisted to die.

Responses to the Health and Social Care Bill (2010-12)

The College has produced a timeline tracking the progress of the Health and Social Care Bill and the relevant activity taken by the College to lobby politicians and canvas opinion from its membership.

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