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Press Releases

  • Talented North East team win prestigious ‘Are you cut out for it?’ surgical competition

    04 Mar 2019 Trainee surgeons Ellen Ross and Leo Brown are celebrating after winning a highly prestigious UK-wide surgical skills competition. The talented duo, who were representing the North East School of Surgery, walked away with the title of 'Best Core Surgical Trainees in the UK', along with a prize of £1,500 to share, after taking part in the Royal College of Surgeons’ competition.
  • Over 100,000 patients forced to wait more than a year for hospital treatment in Northern Ireland

    28 Feb 2019 Northern Ireland Department of Health waiting time statistics published today (Thursday 28 February 2019) show there are now 21,477 patients waiting more than a year for inpatient treatment – a rise of almost 43.4% compared to December 2017. A further 94,953 are now waiting more than a year for an outpatient appointment in Northern Ireland. Analysis by the Royal College of Surgeons has found that, by contrast, there were only 2,237 patients waiting more than a year in England.
  • Royal College of Surgeons welcomes large reduction in patients waiting nine months or more in Wales

    22 Feb 2019 Royal College of Surgeons analysis of the latest waiting times data for Wales published today shows 9,000 fewer instances of people waiting longer than nine months waiting to start treatment at the end of 2018 compared to 2017– a reduction of 41%.
  • Nearly 6 in 10 children aged one to four did not see an NHS dentist last year

    21 Feb 2019 Nearly 6 in 10 children (57.7%), aged one to four years, did not see an NHS dentist in 2018 according to analysis of NHS Digital data by the Faculty of Dental Surgery (FDS) at the Royal College of Surgeons.
  • Consultant-led hospital treatment decreased again last year, as the number of patients on the waiting list topped 4 million

    14 Feb 2019 The number of patient admissions to an NHS hospital for consultant-led treatment, including planned surgery, reduced again last year despite an increase in the overall number of patients on the waiting list.
  • RCS response to Topol Review report

    11 Feb 2019 The Topol Review, led by cardiologist, geneticist, and digital medicine researcher Dr Eric Topol and produced by Health Education England has been published today. The report explores how to prepare the healthcare workforce, through education and training, to deliver the digital future.
  • Comment on NHS Improvement Theatre Efficiency report

    04 Feb 2019 NHS Improvement have found up to an extra 300,000 operations could be carried out each year through the improved scheduling of operating lists. The RCS had early sight of NHS Improvement’s findings and is supportive, but there are wider challenges facing surgeons which prohibit an increase in the number of operations able to be performed.
  • The Government must renew its commitment to reducing NHS waiting times, President of Royal College of Surgeons says

    10 Jan 2019 The President of the Royal College of Surgeons has called on the Government to renew its efforts to reduce waiting times, as latest figures suggest the NHS is will likely fail to meet a key goal set out in NHS England’s annual planning guidance. This stipulated that NHS commissioners and providers should aim for their Referral to Treatment (RTT) waiting list to be no higher in March 2019 than in March 2018 and, where possible, it should be reduced.
  • Royal College of Surgeons response to NHS Long Term Plan

    07 Jan 2019 Professor Derek Alderson, President of the Royal College of Surgeons, has welcomed the NHS Long Term Plan, saying that it is right that the Government and NHS England continue to project an ambitious vision of healthcare. However, he has raised concerns that there is no clear timeline for meeting the 18-week target for operations and planned treatment.
  • Alcohol consumption can damage oral health, warn dental surgeons

    04 Jan 2019 As people across the UK pledge to do “Dry January” following alcohol-fuelled Christmas and New Year celebrations, a leading dental surgeon is urging individuals to limit their alcohol consumption for another important reason – their oral health.

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