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Press Releases

  • RCS response to independent national Inquiry following malpractice of Ian Paterson

    07 Dec 2017 he Government has launched an independent national Inquiry following the malpractice of jailed surgeon Ian Paterson. The Government says the new independent Non-Statutory Inquiry will examine the circumstances and practices surrounding Ian Paterson’s malpractice to learn and share lessons. The Right Reverend Graham James, Bishop of Norwich, will chair the Inquiry.
  • New Commission to explore potential of robots and other new technologies in surgery

    06 Dec 2017 The Royal College of Surgeons has launched an independent Commission to explore the future of surgical care in the next twenty years. The Commission on the Future of Surgery will identify and explore the innovations that will most likely affect surgical treatment.
  • Funding shortfall to hit waiting times

    30 Nov 2017 At this morning’s NHS England board meeting the organisation warned that budget shortfalls will continue to hit waiting times for surgery and other types of planned treatment.
  • Northern Ireland one year waits for treatment skyrocketing

    30 Nov 2017 New statistics released this morning show the number of patients waiting more than one year for treatment in Northern Ireland continue to rise at an alarming rate.
  • NHS England outlines future of congenital heart disease services

    30 Nov 2017 NHS England has today announced a reconfiguration of congenital heart disease services in England. This follows a consultation on how new quality standards for hospitals providing congenital heart disease services, published in 2015, would be put in place.
  • Survival rates for patients undergoing abdominal aortic surgery continue to improve

    22 Nov 2017 The number of patients who die in hospital following an operation to repair an abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) continues to fall according to the National Vascular Registry 2017 annual report published today by the Vascular Society of Great Britain and Ireland (VSGBI) and the Royal College of Surgeons (RCS). Of the just over 13,000 patients who had a planned operation to repair an aneurysm between 2014 and 2016, the proportion who died in hospital after surgery was 1.4%, which represents approximately 130 patients lives saved each year compared to figures published in 2012.
  • Surgeons slam decision by cosmetic surgery clinic to live stream breast augmentation surgery

    22 Nov 2017 The Royal College of Surgeons (RCS) has criticised a decision by MYA Clinic to live stream a full breast augmentation surgery. The surgery will be performed on an employee of the clinic this Thursday (23rd November).
  • Fewer men receive potentially unnecessary treatments for prostate cancer

    21 Nov 2017 Only 8% of men with low-risk prostate cancer received potentially unnecessary radical treatment aimed at curing the disease in 2015-16 according to the fourth Annual Report of the National Prostate Cancer Audit (NPCA) published by the Royal College of Surgeons today. This is an improvement on 2014-15 figures, when 12% of men treated by the NHS in England may have received unnecessary treatment for low risk disease. This reflects the international trend in this area of prostate cancer therapy.
  • New training scheme for surgeons of the future opens for applications

    17 Nov 2017 The Royal College of Surgeons has announced that applications for the first Improving Surgical Training (IST) programme for trainee surgeons are open. The innovative pilot training programme will provide surgical trainees with a better balance between training and service provision and professionalise the role of the surgical trainer.
  • Surgeons asked to staff hospital front doors to head off emergency pressures this winter

    17 Nov 2017 The leaders of the Royal College of Surgeons (RCS) have written to surgeons in England, encouraging them to provide support at hospital front doors (e.g. rapid outpatient clinics and A&E) over the coming months as the NHS faces arguably its toughest winter in modern times. The surgeons have also called on government to make further funding available to the NHS in next week’s Budget.

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