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Press Releases

  • Half of surgeons concerned by low workplace morale

    13 Feb 2017 Half of surgeons say low morale is the main issue facing surgeons in their workplace at present (51%) according to a member survey conducted for the Royal College of Surgeons by market research company Ipsos MORI.
  • Letter to The Sunday Times from RCS and NHS Providers

    12 Feb 2017 In a letter to The Sunday Times today, The Royal College of Surgeons and NHS Providers have raised concerns that underfunding in our health services is creating more inefficiency, pointing to surgeons and staff left kicking their heels because of lack of beds and cancelled operations.
  • 15.5% rise in planned operations cancelled at the last minute in one year

    10 Feb 2017 HS England data published today for October - December 2016 show that the number of cancelled planned operations has further increased. Figures show 21,249 planned operations were cancelled for non-clinical reasons in October - December 2016. This is a rise of 15.5% in one year even though there has only been a 1% rise in the total number of planned admissions.
  • NHS England consultation on congenital heart disease services

    09 Feb 2017 NHS England has today launched a public consultation on how it will put in place new standards for hospitals providing congenital heart disease services in England. The consultation aims to gather as many views as possible from patients, families and clinical experts.
  • Royal College of Surgeons warns patients are waiting too long for brain and spinal surgery

    09 Feb 2017 NHS England performance data published today for December 2016 shows that the Government’s official waiting time target for planned treatment has been missed again. The percentage of patients treated within 18 weeks has fallen below 90% for first time since March 2011.
  • Wales finally sees improvement in waiting times but still more work to do

    09 Feb 2017 StatsWales data published today for December 2016 show that during 2016 waiting times started to improve in the Welsh NHS. The equivalent of 64,966 patients (14.9%) in Wales waited more than 26 weeks to start treatment despite the Welsh Government’s target of 95% of patients meeting this figure.
  • Professor Derek Alderson elected as President of the Royal College of Surgeons

    09 Feb 2017 Professor Derek Alderson elected as President of the Royal College of Surgeons. Derek Alderson is Emeritus Professor of Surgery at the University of Birmingham. He is currently editor-in-chief of BJS Open. His main area of clinical interest continues to be oesophagogastric surgery.
  • RCS responds to NHS England guidance on tackling conflicts of interest

    09 Feb 2017 The Royal College of Surgeons has welcomed NHS England’s decision to back away from plans to make healthcare professionals declare their private earnings - an issue the College objected to strongly when the guidelines were consulted on last year. However, the College remains worried that the overall proposals will increase the level of bureaucracy in the NHS without a clear benefit to patients.
  • Royal College of Surgeons’ statement on regulation of healthcare professionals

    08 Feb 2017 In a House of Lords debate last week the Government said it plans to consult, within a couple of months, on having a single professional regulator for all healthcare professionals. The Government has also said it is planning to consult on how to regulate other healthcare professionals such as physician associates and surgical care practitioners.
  • Kent CCG announces unprecedented suspension of non-urgent surgery

    03 Feb 2017 Royal College of Surgeons response to reports NHS West Kent Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has immediately implemented a policy to suspend non-urgent surgery such as hip and knee surgery until the end of its financial year in April 2017 in a bid to make financial savings of £3.2 million.

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