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Press Releases

  • Recovery of surgical services biggest challenges facing NHS in Wales

    23 Mar 2021 Mr Richard Johnson, Royal College of Surgeons of England Director in Wales, says the recovery of surgical services is one of the biggest challenges the NHS has faced.
  • Royal College of Surgeons of England will put diversity at the heart of its strategy 

    18 Mar 2021 The Royal College of Surgeons of England (RCS England) has said it will put diversity at the heart of its strategy following an independent review of diversity in the College’s professional leadership conducted by Baroness Helena Kennedy QC. The review report, which sets out a sixteen-point plan for improving diversity within surgery and RCS England, is published today (18 March 2021).
  • Waiting time figures show ‘dire situation’ in Wales

    18 Mar 2021 Referral to Treatment (RTT) waiting time statistics in Wales, published today, show there were 221,849 patients waiting more than nine months (36 weeks) to start hospital treatment in January 2021. This compares to 27,314 patients who were waiting more than nine months in January 2020. The figures show that overall, there are 541,702 patients waiting for treatment in Wales.
  • Record waiting lists reveal "sea of need" caused by Covid

    11 Mar 2021 The largest ever reported waiting list of 4.59 million people was announced today. Within it, the number of people in England waiting longer than a year for hospital treatment has shot up to over a quarter of a million, following the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Two thirds of children did not see an NHS dentist last year

    26 Feb 2021 NHS dental attendance figures published this week show over two thirds of children (70.2%) in England did not see an NHS dentist in the 12 months to 31 December 20201. Dental surgeons are warning the number of children admitted to hospital for tooth decay may rise, if access does not improve this year.
  • Surgeons call for NI roadmap to tackle ‘devastating’ waiting times

    25 Feb 2021 Following publication today of ‘devastating’ new waiting time figures, leading surgeons have called on the NI government to provide a detailed roadmap on how the backlog of both urgent and non-urgent operations will be addressed.
  • More than 200,000 patients waiting over a year for hospital treatment

    11 Feb 2021 New NHS England statistics published today show the huge strain COVID-19 is putting on waiting lists, with more than 200,000 patients waiting more than a year for hospital treatment. Mr Tim Mitchell, Vice President of the Royal College of Surgeons of England has said Covid-19 continues to take an enormous toll on hundreds of thousands of people across the country left waiting for an operation.
  • Dental surgeons welcome new national powers for water fluoridation

    11 Feb 2021 The Faculty of Dental Surgery and the Faculty of General Dental Practice UK have both welcomed proposals in the Government’s new Health and Care White Paper, published today, which will give the Health Secretary new powers around water fluoridation.
  • Surgeons back national campaign to raise awareness of fatigue amongst healthcare staff

    10 Feb 2021 The Royal College of Surgeons of England (RCS Eng) is backing the national Fight Fatigue campaign, a joint initiative of the Association of Anaesthetists, the Royal College of Anaesthetists and the Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine. The campaign aims to raise awareness of the impact of fatigue and shift work on our NHS workforce.
  • Sad day for Northern Ireland if money goes back from health budget, say NI surgeons

    28 Jan 2021 The Royal College of Surgeons in Northern Ireland met with the Health Minister to show support for his efforts in utilising unspent Covid-19 funding to keep surgery going through the challenges of the pandemic.

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