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Press Releases

  • NHS performance data shows waiting times falling further behind

    08 Feb 2018 NHS performance data published today shows there has been a further decline in the percentage of patients seen within four hours of attendance at a major Accident and Emergency (A&E) department in England.
  • RCS comments on updated NHS planning guidance

    02 Feb 2018 NHS England and NHS Improvement have published planning guidance to the NHS for 2018/19. This notes the Government has made available a further £540m for the NHS on top of what was promised in the November Budget. The planning guidance says that some of this money should be directed towards a substantially bigger annual increase in NHS-funded elective operations than in recent years. It expects the waiting list not to remain at the same level in March 2019 as at March 2018.
  • RCS responds to decision on thoracic surgery in South Wales

    01 Feb 2018 This week, the Joint Committee of the Welsh Health Specialised Services Committee (WHSSC) - which is made up of the chief executives of all Health Boards - accepted the recommendations of an Independent Panel that services should be provided from a single site rather the current two sites in Cardiff and Swansea, and that the new single unit should be based in Morriston Hospital, Swansea.
  • RCS supports AoMRC statement on Dr Bawa-Garba

    29 Jan 2018 The Royal College of Surgeons supports a statement made the by the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges issued following Dr Bawa-Garba being struck off the medical register.
  • RCS and St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust launch surgical education partnership

    18 Jan 2018 A partnership launched today will see The Royal College of Surgeons’ (RCS) education courses delivered at St George’s as the College hub for the south of England. The partnership has come about as the RCS embarks on a major redevelopment of its headquarters in London, limiting the courses it can provide in its own buildings for the next three years.
  • RCS response to Parliamentary Review of health and Social Care in Wales

    16 Jan 2018 The Royal College of Surgeons has responded to a Parliamentary Review of Health and Social Care in Wales published today. The RCS has said it would like to see a clear strategy from the Welsh Government on how the report's recommendations will be delivered and funded.
  • RCS comment on liver surgeon Simon Bramhall

    12 Jan 2018 Simon Bramhall, a surgeon who admitted burning his initials onto the livers of two transplant patients, while working at Birmingham’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital, has been given a 12-month community order and has been fined £10,000.
  • RCS responds to NHS performance data for December 2017

    11 Jan 2018 Today’s NHS performance data shows a significant decline in the percentage of patients seen within 4 hours of attendance at a major A&E department. Waits in A&E during December in England were the worst since the target was introduced in 2004.
  • Statement on NHS winter data

    04 Jan 2018 Professor Derek Alderson, President of the Royal College of Surgeons, has responded to winter data published by NHS England today. In particular, bed occupancy for critical are beds has increased compared to the same period last year.
  • Statement on winter pressures

    03 Jan 2018 Yesterday NHS England’s National Emergency Pressures Panel noted that the NHS has been ‘under sustained pressure over the Christmas period’. The Panel recommended that trusts defer non-urgent inpatient elective care until the end of January and that day-case procedures and routine patient appointments ‘should also be deferred where this will release clinical time for non-elective care’. Derek Alderson, President of the Royal College of Surgeons has commented on this decision.

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