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Press Releases

  • 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.'
  • 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.'

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