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Press Releases

  • RCS Council Election 2014 result

    07 Apr 2014 The following list indicates the six successful candidates for election to Council at the ballot held on 6 April 2014.
  • Taskforce report on the impact of the European Working Time Directive

    03 Apr 2014 The implementation of the European Working Time Directive (EWTD) in the NHS has had an adverse impact on the training in certain medical specialities, including surgeons and doctors working in acute medicine, an independent taskforce reports today.
  • New commissioning guide for weight-loss programmes

    20 Mar 2014 The launch of a clinical commissioning guide on weight loss services (today Thursday, 20 March), developed following a NICE accredited process has been welcomed by experts across several disciplines.
  • Comment on joined up clinical pathways for obesity report

    14 Mar 2014 "Today’s report clarifies the responsibilities across all sections of the NHS for addressing the variations in access to weight assessment clinics across the country. This will enable patients struggling with obesity to access appropriate services including bariatric surgery."
  • Building a culture of candour

    06 Mar 2014 Healthcare organisations, including hospitals and GP practices, must usher in a new culture of candour so that patients and their families are told honestly about any harm that has been caused and what will be done to put it right, an independent review has concluded.
  • Response to Sir John Oldham's report on whole person care

    04 Mar 2014 "There is no doubt that the health service needs to adapt to keep pace with the changing health needs of an older population. We welcome Sir John Oldham’s review and the challenges he identifies of making all parts of the health and social care system work together for the patient."
  • RCS comment on publication of South Wales cardiac surgery report

    27 Feb 2014 We believe that Health Inspectorate Wales, working closely with the professions, should review cardiac surgery services in South Wales. Although the report notes that the ‘outcomes of the South Wales centres are excellent’ for those patients who received surgery, we remain concerned about patients’ access to treatment.
  • RCS correspondence on elective cardiac surgery waiting times in South Wales

    25 Feb 2014 The RCS wrote to Healthcare Inspectorate Wales (HIW) to ask for an update on whether our concerns regarding cardiac surgery waiting times in Wales have been addressed. We are currently waiting for the publication of two associated reports.
  • RCS press event on education and training

    24 Feb 2014 On Wednesday, February 26 between 10 and 11:30am, we will be inviting journalists to our world class education suite so they can see first-hand how crucial surgical training is to ensuring that the next generation of surgeons has the necessary skills to perform at the highest level.
  • NHS patients will benefit from £20 million investment into surgical research

    24 Feb 2014 Funding worth £20 million has been agreed for 22 projects so far - ranging from analysing how robotics can be used to improve surgical outcomes - to looking at the long term benefits of gastric band surgery. Further projects are expected to be funded during 2014.

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