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Press Releases

  • 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.'
  • Comment on urgent and emergency care review

    13 Nov 2013 ‘The current structures for dealing with emergency patients need urgent modernisation. Accident and Emergency departments are under increasing pressure, and it is imperative that doctors work in partnership to help end the situation where patients are inappropriately admitted.'
  • Response to PM's announcement to extend GP opening hours

    01 Nov 2013 ‘These new proposals are a positive step towards easing the current concerns over the quality of out of hours care. Patients rightly expect to be able to have an appointment outside the normal 9 to 5 day.'
  • Comment on the reconfiguration of services in North West London

    31 Oct 2013 ‘This has been an extensive, thorough and clinically led process. Patients have been involved in decision making at every stage, and the impact has been carefully assessed with full medical input.'
  • Response to the Shape of Training Review

    29 Oct 2013 'We welcome many aspects of this report, particularly its focus on ensuring that postgraduate medical education and training is responsive to changing demographic and patient needs.'
  • Response to NHS complaints handling report

    28 Oct 2013 ‘Clinicians have a duty to seek feedback from patients and to ensure that complaints are taken seriously. This report serves as a reminder that when patient safety concerns are raised they must be dealt with in a timely and constructive fashion, without cover up.'
  • Access to NHS stroke prevention surgery improving

    23 Oct 2013 New figures reveal that, for the first time, more than half of NHS patients who need vital stroke prevention surgery are accessing it within two weeks of experiencing symptoms of stroke or transient ischemic attack (TIA or mini stroke).
  • Surgeon returns from Syria and gives interview of his time treating patients

    17 Oct 2013 In the moving interview he talks about gunmen shooting indiscriminately. He also discusses the training he delivered to doctors on the ground, leading to lives being saved.

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