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Press Releases

  • Number of patients waiting more than 18 weeks for NHS treatment at highest in over a decade

    12 Sep 2019 The Royal College of Surgeons of England (RCS) has said it is vital the government’s consultation on the pensions issue that has been exacerbating NHS waiting times delivers a solution before the busy winter period starts. The RCS’s comments come as the number of patients waiting more than 18 weeks for NHS treatment reached its highest in over a decade (since May 2008) at over 620,000.
  • Sir Norman Browse – former RCS President dies

    12 Sep 2019 We are saddened to learn of the death of former Royal College of Surgeons (RCS) President Sir Norman Browse. Sir Norman had a distinguished career as a vascular surgeon and served as RCS President from 1992 to 1995.
  • More than four in ten children have not seen an NHS dentist in the last year – FDS response

    29 Aug 2019 Figures published by NHS Digital today show that more than four in ten (41%) children did not see an NHS dentist in the 12 months to June this year. The Faculty of Dental Surgery has said that the number of children not seeing a dentist is still unacceptably high.
  • RCS and FDS sign letter to PM Boris Johnson warning of the impact a no-deal Brexit could have on patients

    22 Aug 2019 Health leaders, including Professor Derek Alderson, President of the Royal College of Surgeons, and Professor Michael Escudier, Dean of the Faculty of Dental Surgery, have written to Prime Minister Boris Johnson to warn of the impact a no-deal Brexit could have on NHS patients.
  • RCS welcomes Professor Peter Hutchinson as Director of Clinical Research

    16 Aug 2019 Professor Peter Hutchinson, has been appointed as the Director of Clinical Research at the Royal College of Surgeons of England. He took over this post from Professor Dion Morton in June 2019.
  • Leading dental surgeons call for sugar free schools to tackle scourge of child tooth decay in England

    15 Aug 2019 The Faculty of Dental Surgery at the Royal College of Surgeons of England says all schools in England should be encouraged to become sugar free to tackle worrying levels of child tooth decay. More than 100,000 hospital admissions for children under the age of ten in England due to tooth decay over a three year period.
  • Surgeons call for 5-year-plan to tackle record NHS waiting lists

    08 Aug 2019 Surgeons are calling again for a 5-year-plan to clear the backlog of patients waiting for consultant-led treatment, as hospital lists continue to grow. The renewed call from the Royal College of Surgeons of England (RCS) comes as NHS performance data shows a record 4.4 million patients were waiting for hospital treatment in June 2019.
  • RCS response to proposed NHS pension rule changes

    07 Aug 2019 Professor Derek Alderson, President of the Royal College of Surgeons of England, has responded to the Government’s proposed changes to NHS pensions rules. He has said that the new consultation announced today is a step in the right direction and he hopes it will lead to permanent changes to the pensions system that will allow NHS staff to get on with the huge job of reducing the backlog of patients waiting for treatment.
  • RCS response to extra £850 million in new funding for hospitals announced by Prime Minister

    05 Aug 2019 Prime Minister Boris Johnson is due to announce the 20 hospitals set to share £850 million of new funding to upgrade outdated facilities and equipment today. Professor Derek Alderson, President of the Royal College of Surgeons has welcomed the additional investment in hospitals, but noted the funding doesn't go far enough.
  • FDS response to Government's prevention green paper

    23 Jul 2019 Following the Prevention Vision published in November 2018, the Government has published a green paper, 'Advancing our Health: prevention in the 2020s'. A consultation on the green paper will now run for 12 weeks. Professor Michael Escudier, Dean of the Faculty of Dental Surgery, has responded to news of the consultation.

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