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Press Releases

  • 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.
  • Overnight hospital bed occupancy hits record high

    25 May 2017 New data published today for January-March 2017 shows overnight hospital bed occupancy has hit a record high. NHS England’s data shows that 91.4% of overnight hospital (‘general and acute’) beds, where surgical patients who need to stay in hospital are cared for, were full during the period.
  • Royal College of Surgeons & Bowel Cancer UK to invest half a million pounds in bowel cancer surgical research

    19 May 2017 Bowel Cancer UK, in partnership with the Royal College of Surgeons of England, announce £500,000 funding for bowel cancer surgical research to establish the UK’s first Colorectal Cancer Surgical Research Chair and establish a network of Bowel Cancer UK Colorectal Cancer Surgical Research Fellows.
  • Surgeons call for review of private sector transparency and safety standards

    17 May 2017 Following Ian Paterson’s abhorrent actions, the President and Vice-Presidents of the Royal College of Surgeons (RCS) have issued an open letter today reassuring the public that rogue doctors should now be caught by modern rules governing medical practice. However, they warn there is no room for complacency and the RCS today calls for a review by the next Government of how safety standards and transparency can improve, particularly in the private sector.
  • NHS still struggling to meet waiting time targets patients expect

    11 May 2017 NHS England performance data published today for March 2017 shows the number of delayed days for transfers of care rose 7% from 184,855 in February 2017 to 199,260 delayed days in March 2017.
  • Royal College of Surgeons respond to new research on the effectiveness of knee arthroscopy surgery

    11 May 2017 Knee arthroscopy should not be performed in almost all patients with degenerative knee disease, say a panel of international experts in The BMJ today. The experts say that the surgery does not, on average, result in a lasting improvement in pain or function - and they say further research is unlikely to alter this advice.
  • Guilty verdict for surgeon who 'played God' with patients' lives

    28 Apr 2017 Nottingham crown court has found surgeon Ian Paterson guilty of seventeen counts of wounding with intent, and three of unlawful wounding, after carrying out unnecessary operations.
  • RCS response to deteriorating waiting times for planned surgery

    13 Apr 2017 NHS England performance data published today for February 2017 shows that there has been a 39.3% increase in the total number of patients waiting over 18 weeks for planned treatment since February 2016.
  • Bruce Keogh to step down

    06 Apr 2017 Professor Sir Bruce Keogh, Medical Director of NHS England, has announced his resignation. Sir Bruce became Medical Director of the NHS in 2007, a role which was moved to NHS England in 2013, following reforms by the then Health Secretary, Andrew Lansley.
  • Waiting longer for planned care incompatible with vision of a better NHS, warns RCS

    31 Mar 2017 Two-and-a-half years on from the publication of the NHS Five Year Forward View, NHS England have published Next Steps On The Five Year Forward View, a new plan which sets out what has been achieved to date and the changes which will take place across the health service in key areas.

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