18 Feb 2018
The Royal College of Surgeons (RCS) has called on NHS England to stop clinical commissioning groups from imposing minimum waiting times. A freedom of information request by the RCS found that certain patients in Lincolnshire must wait at least three months for non-urgent surgery under minimum waiting times rules imposed at some hospitals. Surgeons are concerned that minimum waiting times will leave patients waiting in pain and discomfort for an unnecessarily long time and make it difficult for health providers to meet the Government’s 18-week target for planned surgery.
16 Feb 2018
A new UCL-led study published in the journal Acta Neuropathologica suggests amyloid beta pathology – protein deposits in the brain – might have been transmitted by contaminated neurosurgical instruments. Amyloid beta is best known for being one of the hallmark proteins of Alzheimer’s disease, but the researchers did not find evidence of Alzheimer’s in this study.
08 Feb 2018
NHS performance data published today shows there has been a further decline in the percentage of patients seen within four hours of attendance at a major Accident and Emergency (A&E) department in England.
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.