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Press Releases

  • Surgeons call for 5-year-plan to tackle record NHS waiting lists

    08 Aug 2019 Surgeons are calling again for a 5-year-plan to clear the backlog of patients waiting for consultant-led treatment, as hospital lists continue to grow. The renewed call from the Royal College of Surgeons of England (RCS) comes as NHS performance data shows a record 4.4 million patients were waiting for hospital treatment in June 2019.
  • RCS response to proposed NHS pension rule changes

    07 Aug 2019 Professor Derek Alderson, President of the Royal College of Surgeons of England, has responded to the Government’s proposed changes to NHS pensions rules. He has said that the new consultation announced today is a step in the right direction and he hopes it will lead to permanent changes to the pensions system that will allow NHS staff to get on with the huge job of reducing the backlog of patients waiting for treatment.
  • RCS response to extra £850 million in new funding for hospitals announced by Prime Minister

    05 Aug 2019 Prime Minister Boris Johnson is due to announce the 20 hospitals set to share £850 million of new funding to upgrade outdated facilities and equipment today. Professor Derek Alderson, President of the Royal College of Surgeons has welcomed the additional investment in hospitals, but noted the funding doesn't go far enough.
  • FDS response to Government's prevention green paper

    23 Jul 2019 Following the Prevention Vision published in November 2018, the Government has published a green paper, 'Advancing our Health: prevention in the 2020s'. A consultation on the green paper will now run for 12 weeks. Professor Michael Escudier, Dean of the Faculty of Dental Surgery, has responded to news of the consultation.
  • Surgeons call for the next Prime Minister to address lengthening waiting times, starting by fixing ‘ludicrous’ pension situation

    11 Jul 2019 The Royal College of Surgeons of England (RCS) has today called for the two candidates in the running to be the next Prime Minister of the UK, to act fast to stem rising NHS waiting times. The call comes as NHS performance data is published showing that 4.39 million patients were waiting for hospital treatment, and a record 245,079 were waiting more than half a year (26 weeks).
  • RCS response to Nuffield Trust report on health and social care in Northern Ireland

    10 Jul 2019 The RCS has responded to a new Nuffield Trust report, 'Change or collapse: Lessons from the drive to reform health and social care in Northern Ireland', which warns a political vacuum and a culture of centralisation are impeding reform of the health and care system in Northern Ireland.
  • Faculty of Dental Surgery response to CQC report on oral healthcare in care homes

    24 Jun 2019 The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has today published a new report, ‘Smiling matters: oral health care in care homes’. Professor Michael Escudier, Dean of the Faculty of Dental Surgery (FDS) at the Royal College of Surgeons, has welcomed the report saying it resonates with many of the reflections and recommendations made in the FDS's own report on improving older people’s oral health.
  • RCS response to BMA research showing patients are being routinely cared for in ‘temporary’ beds

    22 Jun 2019 New data analysed by the BMA reveals hospitals are now routinely caring for patients in beds that should be used only in emergencies or when there are spikes in demand – such as during winter months. Using Freedom of Information requests, the BMA has found hospitals in England are regularly using these extra beds, called “escalation beds”, for routine care. The RCS has responded to the BMA's findings.
  • Surgeons fear patients are having to wait too long for planned operations, as NHS fails to tackle waiting list backlog

    13 Jun 2019 Surgeons are concerned that the NHS does not have a clear plan to tackle the growing backlog of patients waiting for operations, as new figures reveal more than 4.3 million stuck on hospital waiting lists. NHS England performance data published today for April 2019 shows that only 86.5% of patients waiting to start planned, consultant-led hospital treatment were seen within 18 weeks. The legal target is 92%.
  • RCS statement following the publication of the independent review of gross negligence manslaughter and culpable homicide in medical practice

    06 Jun 2019 The Royal College of Surgeons has responded to the final report of an independent review into how the law on gross negligence manslaughter and culpable homicide are applied to medical practice which has been published today. The working group’s final report includes 29 recommendations for the General Medical Council (GMC) and a range of organisations across the UK, covering local, coronial, criminal and regulatory processes.

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