02 Feb 2018
NHS England and NHS Improvement have published planning guidance to the NHS for 2018/19. This notes the Government has made available a further £540m for the NHS on top of what was promised in the November Budget. The planning guidance says that some of this money should be directed towards a substantially bigger annual increase in NHS-funded elective operations than in recent years. It expects the waiting list not to remain at the same level in March 2019 as at March 2018.
01 Feb 2018
This week, the Joint Committee of the Welsh Health Specialised Services Committee (WHSSC) - which is made up of the chief executives of all Health Boards - accepted the recommendations of an Independent Panel that services should be provided from a single site rather the current two sites in Cardiff and Swansea, and that the new single unit should be based in Morriston Hospital, Swansea.
29 Jan 2018
The Royal College of Surgeons supports a statement made the by the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges issued following Dr Bawa-Garba being struck off the medical register.
18 Jan 2018
A partnership launched today will see The Royal College of Surgeons’ (RCS) education courses delivered at St George’s as the College hub for the south of England. The partnership has come about as the RCS embarks on a major redevelopment of its headquarters in London, limiting the courses it can provide in its own buildings for the next three years.
16 Jan 2018
The Royal College of Surgeons has responded to a Parliamentary Review of Health and Social Care in Wales published today. The RCS has said it would like to see a clear strategy from the Welsh Government on how the report's recommendations will be delivered and funded.
12 Jan 2018
Simon Bramhall, a surgeon who admitted burning his initials onto the livers of two transplant patients, while working at Birmingham’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital, has been given a 12-month community order and has been fined £10,000.
11 Jan 2018
Today’s NHS performance data shows a significant decline in the percentage of patients seen within 4 hours of attendance at a major A&E department. Waits in A&E during December in England were the worst since the target was introduced in 2004.
04 Jan 2018
Professor Derek Alderson, President of the Royal College of Surgeons, has responded to winter data published by NHS England today. In particular, bed occupancy for critical are beds has increased compared to the same period last year.
03 Jan 2018
Yesterday NHS England’s National Emergency Pressures Panel noted that the NHS has been ‘under sustained pressure over the Christmas period’. The Panel recommended that trusts defer non-urgent inpatient elective care until the end of January and that day-case procedures and routine patient appointments ‘should also be deferred where this will release clinical time for non-elective care’. Derek Alderson, President of the Royal College of Surgeons has commented on this decision.
30 Dec 2017
Clare Marx has been made a dame in today’s New Year’s Honours List and Professor Tim Briggs, RCS Council member, has been awarded a CBE for services to the surgical profession.