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Press Releases

  • President's response to Daily Mail article by Professor J Meirion Thomas

    10 Jan 2014 The NHS needs to attract the best people and to give both men and women an opportunity to fulfil their potential. It is also crucial that the composition of the medical profession mirrors the demographics of the society it serves including gender and ethnicity.
  • Surgeons recognised in the New Year Honours list

    07 Jan 2014 The Royal College of Surgeons would like to congratulate all of our members recognised in the New Year honours list.
  • Postcode lottery is denying obese patients access to vital treatment

    06 Jan 2014 Patients are being denied access to bariatric surgery because intensive weight loss programmes, which are a prerequisite to surgery, are not being commissioned in some areas, the Royal College of Surgeons and the British Obesity and Metabolic Surgery Society warns.
  • RCS and the cosmetic surgery review

    29 Dec 2013 ‘This review puts the College in a central role overseeing training and setting standards for cosmetic surgery.'
  • Response to Kennedy Report

    19 Dec 2013 ‘This report reveals an appalling breach of patient trust. Patients rightfully expect to be treated with dignity and trust those charged with looking after them.'
  • Response to publication of never events

    12 Dec 2013 Never events are incidents that are completely unacceptable. However rare these cases are never should mean never and avoiding such errors should be the priority of every surgeon.
  • Response to Dr Foster guide 2013

    09 Dec 2013 It is not acceptable that mortality and complication rates are significantly higher for patients admitted as emergencies at the weekend.
  • Access to surgery should be based on clinical need

    06 Dec 2013 ‘Reports today that some hip and knee operations are being restricted to patients need to be investigated, and are a matter of concern to the Royal College of Surgeons.'
  • Vascular audit shows more patients surviving major artery surgery

    27 Nov 2013 'Mortality rates for thousands of patients undergoing a major form of artery surgery have fallen by a quarter in just 18 months ( from 2.4% to 1.8%) and 98% of patients now survive this major operation.'
  • RCS comments on government response to Francis Report

    19 Nov 2013 ‘Patient safety is at the heart of all we do. I am pleased to be invited with David Dalton to lead an important piece of work looking at implementing an institutional duty of candour as we know that trust and openness with patients is essential to good healthcare.'

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