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Press Releases

  • Former RCS President named as new GMC Chair

    30 Jul 2018 Dame Clare Marx, Past President of the Royal College of Surgeons, has been named as the new Chair of the General Medical Council (GMC). She will succeed Professor Sir Terence Stephenson who will finish his fixed-term post later this year.
  • RCS responds to sharp rise in requests for knee and hip surgery being turned down

    19 Jul 2018 The BMJ has found an increasing number of patients seeking knee or hip surgery are finding they can’t have their operation on the NHS. Nearly 1,700 requests were rejected last year, a 45% increase from 2016-17.
  • Thousands of groin hernia patients left in pain and at risk of complications by NHS, warn surgeons

    17 Jul 2018 Thousands of predominately-male patients are being made to suffer in pain and, in rare cases, are at risk of death due to the NHS restricting access to groin (inguinal) hernia operations. In a report published today , the Royal College of Surgeons and the British Hernia Society have found that 57% of clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) are denying patients quick access to the procedure. This is despite the fact that the only curative treatment for patients with a groin hernia is surgery.
  • NHS fax machines still gleaming: RCS finds over 8,000 owned by hospitals

    12 Jul 2018 The Royal College of Surgeons (RCS) has revealed that NHS hospital trusts own over 8,000 fax machines. Richard Kerr, chair of the Royal College of Surgeons’ Commission on the Future of Surgery, has criticised the health service’s reliance on a technology that was in popular use about the last time England were in a World Cup semi-final.
  • RCS responds to extra £15 million for critical care services in Wales

    12 Jul 2018 Critical care services in Wales are to receive a new annual £15 million fund, the Health Secretary, Vaughan Gething, has announced today (12 July). The Royal College of Surgeons welcomes the announcement and hope the Welsh Government will now move at pace, so that patients quickly feel the benefit of the extra funding.
  • More than 200,000 NHS patients now waiting over 6 months for treatment

    12 Jul 2018 The number of patients waiting longer than 6 months to start planned NHS hospital treatment has now officially exceeded 200,000. NHS England ‘referral to treatment’ (RTT) statistics for May 2018 published today show that 211,324 patients waited more than 6 months to start planned treatment. The number of patients waiting more than 6 months for treatment is 48.4% higher than the same time last year.
  • RCS responds to GIRFT report on urology services in England

    11 Jul 2018 The Getting It Right First Time (GIRFT) programme has today (11 July) published its report on urology in England. The Royal College of Surgeons is supportive of the recommendations put forward by GIFRT.
  • Dentists welcome Childhood Obesity Plan update

    25 Jun 2018 “We warmly welcome the measures that have been announced by the Government today. Excessive sugar consumption is a major cause of both obesity and tooth decay, so these new policies will make a significant contribution to addressing the poor state of children’s oral health in this country, where nearly a quarter of five year olds have decayed teeth."
  • Older women must have access to the most effective breast cancer treatments, surgeon warns

    19 Jun 2018 Older women with breast cancer must be offered treatments that will give them the best possible outcome, a leading surgeon has said today, as new data suggests women over 70 are less likely to undergo surgery, radiotherapy and chemotherapy than women aged 50 to 69.
  • Half a million patients now waiting over 18 weeks for hospital treatment

    14 Jun 2018 The number of patients waiting longer than the recommended 18 weeks to start planned NHS hospital treatment has officially exceeded 500,000 – the highest number in almost a decade.

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