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Press Releases

  • Almost one in five patients in Northern Ireland waiting more than a year for treatment, warns Royal College of Surgeons

    22 Feb 2018 Northern Ireland Department of Health waiting time statistics published today show patients are still waiting too long for surgery. Data for the quarter from October to the end of December 2017 show 61.2% of patients were waiting longer than 13 weeks to be admitted for inpatient or day case treatment. For the same period, 19.1% (almost one in five) of patients waited more than 52 weeks to be admitted for inpatient or day case treatment. In total, this number was 14,979.
  • Former RCS Presidents to lead medical manslaughter reviews

    22 Feb 2018 The General Medical Council has today announced that Dame Clare Marx, past president of the Royal College of Surgeons, will chair a review of how manslaughter by gross negligence is applied to medical practice across the four nations of the UK.
  • RCS urges NHS England to ban minimum waiting times as Lincolnshire patients face mandatory three-month wait for planned surgery

    18 Feb 2018 The Royal College of Surgeons (RCS) has called on NHS England to stop clinical commissioning groups from imposing minimum waiting times. A freedom of information request by the RCS found that certain patients in Lincolnshire must wait at least three months for non-urgent surgery under minimum waiting times rules imposed at some hospitals. Surgeons are concerned that minimum waiting times will leave patients waiting in pain and discomfort for an unnecessarily long time and make it difficult for health providers to meet the Government’s 18-week target for planned surgery.
  • RCS and SBNS response to study on amyloid protein transmission through neurosurgery

    16 Feb 2018 A new UCL-led study published in the journal Acta Neuropathologica suggests amyloid beta pathology – protein deposits in the brain – might have been transmitted by contaminated neurosurgical instruments. Amyloid beta is best known for being one of the hallmark proteins of Alzheimer’s disease, but the researchers did not find evidence of Alzheimer’s in this study.
  • 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.

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