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Press Releases

  • More patients with gullet and stomach cancer eligible for live saving treatment

    08 Sep 2016 The proportion of patients with oesophageal and gastric cancer (OG cancer) - or gullet and stomach cancer - who were eligible for life-saving treatment, has increased slightly over the past eight years, according to the largest study of these types of cancers in England and Wales.
  • Comment on Vale of York CCG plans to delay surgery

    02 Sep 2016 Miss Clare Marx, President of the Royal College of Surgeons: "The policies being introduced by Vale of York CCG are some of the most severe the modern NHS has ever seen... An honest national debate on exactly what the NHS can afford, and what we are willing to pay, is urgently needed"
  • Giving the CQC the power to rate providers of cosmetic surgery will improve patient safety

    22 Aug 2016 The Royal College of Surgeons has today welcomed the Department of Health’s (DH) proposal to expand the Care Quality Commission’s (CQC’s) public ratings system to providers of cosmetic surgery.
  • Obesity plan 'missed opportunity'

    18 Aug 2016 FGDP (UK) and FDS have welcomed confirmation of the proposed tax on sugary drinks, but say they are disappointed that the government’s new Childhood Obesity Action Plan has otherwise ignored oral health.
  • New data shows EU rules on language testing of health staff putting patients at risk

    17 Aug 2016 Leading dentists and surgeons at the Royal College of Surgeons (RCS) are concerned that patient safety is being put at risk because testing of the clinical English language skills of dentists, doctors and nurses from the European Economic Area (EEA) is insufficient due to EU rules.
  • British Journal of Surgery study on the weekend effect in Emergency General Surgery

    15 Aug 2016 John Abercrombie: "The Royal College of Surgeons supports the need to have the same quality of care every day of the week for patients receiving treatment. Efforts should be targeted on urgent and emergency care where the evidence demonstrates there is a problem."
  • Comment on the medical benefits of dental flossing

    05 Aug 2016 Following a widespread international news coverage over the last few days following an Associated Press investigation in the United States which reported the medical benefits of dental floss are unproven, FDS comments.
  • RCS publishes document on how to avoid unconscious bias

    04 Aug 2016 The guide – ‘Avoiding unconscious bias’ - aims to encourage surgeons to be aware of unconscious bias, and sometimes adjust their behaviour so that their trainees and fellow staff do not misinterpret their actions.
  • Working time rules and Brexit

    18 Jul 2016 The Royal College of Surgeons believes there are a number of areas such as medical devices and language testing where there is now an opportunity to set tougher rules to improve patient safety.
  • Theresa May's Health Secretary must make tackling hospital waiting times a priority

    14 Jul 2016 Data shows that 91.8% of patients waited less than 18 weeks for referral to treatment for consultant-led elective care in May 2016. The Government’s target is 92%. In A&E, only 90.2% of patients were seen, treated or discharged within four hours, missing the Government’s 95% target.

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