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Press Releases

  • RCS past President Clare Marx and RCS Council member Prof Tim Briggs recognised in New Year’s Honours List

    30 Dec 2017 Clare Marx has been made a dame in today’s New Year’s Honours List and Professor Tim Briggs, RCS Council member, has been awarded a CBE for services to the surgical profession.
  • Comment on European Working Time Directive discussions

    21 Dec 2017 In recent days a number of newspapers have reported that cabinet ministers are discussing whether the European Working Time Directive (EWTD) should continue to apply following Brexit. On Monday the Prime Minister told the House of Commons that the Government would ‘maintain, and indeed enhance, workers’ rights. This morning, the Guardian are reporting that the BMA have urged Theresa May to stand firm against Brexiters who want to scrap European laws, warning of risks to patient safety.
  • RCS response to NHS England winter pressures operational update

    21 Dec 2017 The new National Emergency Pressures Panel (NEPP)has said that non-urgent inpatient elective care should be deferred until mid-January to ensure beds and staff are available for the sickest patients. By acting early Trusts can avoid last minute cancellations that can be costly and inconvenient for patients.
  • 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).

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