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Press Releases

  • The Government must renew its commitment to reducing NHS waiting times, President of Royal College of Surgeons says

    10 Jan 2019 The President of the Royal College of Surgeons has called on the Government to renew its efforts to reduce waiting times, as latest figures suggest the NHS is will likely fail to meet a key goal set out in NHS England’s annual planning guidance. This stipulated that NHS commissioners and providers should aim for their Referral to Treatment (RTT) waiting list to be no higher in March 2019 than in March 2018 and, where possible, it should be reduced.
  • Royal College of Surgeons response to NHS Long Term Plan

    07 Jan 2019 Professor Derek Alderson, President of the Royal College of Surgeons, has welcomed the NHS Long Term Plan, saying that it is right that the Government and NHS England continue to project an ambitious vision of healthcare. However, he has raised concerns that there is no clear timeline for meeting the 18-week target for operations and planned treatment.
  • Alcohol consumption can damage oral health, warn dental surgeons

    04 Jan 2019 As people across the UK pledge to do “Dry January” following alcohol-fuelled Christmas and New Year celebrations, a leading dental surgeon is urging individuals to limit their alcohol consumption for another important reason – their oral health.
  • FDS supports Change4Life campaign to help parents reduce the amount of sugar their children consume

    02 Jan 2019 Professor Michael Escudier, Dean of the Faculty of Dental Surgery, supports a Change4Life campaign which is asking parents to “Make a swap when you next shop” to halve their children’s sugar intake from some everyday food and drinks.
  • Emergency surgery patients’ lives at risk as NHS services focus on planned operations, warn surgeons

    21 Dec 2018 Patients who need to undergo high-risk emergency abdominal surgery are being discriminated against, as finite NHS resources, such as consultant staff, operating theatres and critical care beds, are still systematically targeted at lower-risk patients having planned procedures, a report from the Royal College of Surgeons (RCS) has warned.
  • Surgery set to be transformed for millions of patients by a new wave of technologies, finds Commission

    07 Dec 2018 The Commission on the Future of Surgery has predicted that surgery is about to be transformed for millions of patients by a new wave of technologies – driven by changes in digital technology and our understanding of human biology – which in some cases are only months away. Unlike many previous innovations, the forthcoming technologies are expected to affect every type of surgery, including the way it is provided and the way we train surgeons.
  • Almost 20,000 patients in Northern Ireland now waiting more than a year for hospital treatment, warns Royal College of Surgeons

    29 Nov 2018 Northern Ireland Department of Health waiting time statistics published today (Thursday 29 November 2018) show there are now 19,715 patients waiting more than a year for inpatient treatment – a rise of almost 50% compared to September 2017. By contrast, in England 3,156 patients were waiting more than a year. A further 94,222 are now waiting more than a year for an outpatient appointment in Northern Ireland.
  • RCS statement on medical device regulation

    26 Nov 2018 BBC One's Panorama will air a programme on medical device regulation tonight, which is part of a larger international investigation, called the Implant Files, carried out by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ). UK partners for the investigation have included the BBC, The BMJ and The Guardian. Professor Derek Alderson, President of the Royal College of Surgeons, will appear on the Panorama programme tonight, calling for drastic regulatory changes for medical devices.
  • RCS statement on need for national guidelines on the introduction of new procedures and technologies

    09 Nov 2018 The Royal College of Surgeons (RCS) has responded to reports that the Newcastle Coroner intends to write to the RCS to ask whether there should be national guidelines on the introduction of new procedures or technologies, following the death of a 69-year-old man who suffered multiple organ failure after robot-assisted heart valve surgery.
  • Medical professionals call on Government to prioritise cutting waiting times for non-urgent treatment

    05 Nov 2018 NHS Partners Network, together with the Royal College of Surgeons, the Patients Association and the British Orthopaedic Association have written to the Health Secretary, Matt Hancock, calling on the Government to prioritise cutting waiting times for non-urgent treatment as part of the forthcoming NHS 10-year plan.

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