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Press Releases

  • Surgeons back Lord Lansley’s cosmetic surgery regulation bill

    22 Jun 2017 The Royal College of Surgeons (RCS) and the British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons (BAPRAS) are backing an attempt by former health secretary Lord Lansley to change the law on cosmetic surgery.
  • RCS supports Nuffield Council on Bioethics’ call for better regulation of the cosmetic industry

    22 Jun 2017 A new report has called cosmetic procedure practices and promotion in the UK a ‘cause for serious concern’. The Nuffield Council on Bioethics’ report on cosmetic procedures - both surgical and non-surgical - calls for a ban on offering ‘walk in’ cosmetic procedures to young people; a complete overhaul of the regulation of products, such as Botox and dermal fillers, used in cosmetic procedures; and proper regulation of the industry.
  • Members recognised in 2017 Queen's Birthday Honours list.

    20 Jun 2017 We are proud to announce the following members received recognition in the Queen's Birthday Honours list.
  • Dean of the Faculty of Dental Surgery at the Royal College of Surgeons awarded OBE in the Queen’s Birthday honours list

    19 Jun 2017 Dean of the Faculty of Dental Surgery at the Royal College of Surgeons Professor Nigel Hunt, has been awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday honours list.
  • 5% increase in the total number of patients waiting for planned treatment

    09 Jun 2017 HS England performance data published today for April 2017 shows that there has been a 5% increase in the total number of patients waiting for planned treatment since April 2016. There were 3.78 million people on the waiting list at the end of April 2017 compared to 3.60 million in the same month last year. The number of delayed days also rose from 168,018 in April 2016 to 177,137 in April 2017 – a 5.43% increase.
  • 80% of 1 to 2-year-olds didn’t visit an NHS dentist last year

    08 Jun 2017 New analysis by the Faculty of Dental Surgery (FDS) at The Royal College of Surgeons has found that approximately 80% of children between the age of one and two didn’t visit an NHS dentist in the 12 months leading up to March 31st 2017, despite guidance saying children should start dental check-ups when they develop their first tooth.
  • 180% increase in patients waiting more than half a year for treatment – RCS analysis

    02 Jun 2017 A new analysis of waiting times data by the Royal College of Surgeons (RCS) has found that in March 2017 the number of patients waiting more than six months (26 weeks) for treatment was 126,188 – a rise of 180% in four years. In March 2013, the year when six month waiters were at their lowest level, 45,054 patients were waiting more than six months for treatment.
  • Updated statement on the sentencing of rogue breast surgeon Ian Paterson

    31 May 2017 The Royal College of Surgeons has responded to news breast surgeon Ian Paterson has been sentenced to 15 years in prison. Paterson was convicted over carrying out unnecessary cancer operations on nine women and one man however there were hundreds of other victims. He was found guilty of 17 counts of wounding with intent and three of unlawful wounding.
  • RCS to offer Postgraduate Certificate in Surgery

    31 May 2017 The Royal College of Surgeons (RCS) has today (31 May) launched a Postgraduate Certificate in Surgery. The new nationally recognised qualification has been developed by experienced surgeons across specialties.
  • RCS statement ahead of rogue surgeon Ian Paterson's sentencing

    30 May 2017 The RCS has issued a statement ahead of the sentencing of breast surgeon Ian Paterson. On 17 May, the RCS issued an open letter which sought to reassure the public that rogue doctors should be more easily caught by modern rules governing medical practice – which includes annual appraisals as part of a doctor’s revalidation and rules around team decision-making and patient consent.

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