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Press Releases

  • 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.
  • RCS President to chair Working Time Directive Taskforce

    11 Oct 2013 It has been announced today that Professor Norman Williams, President of the Royal College of Surgeons, is to chair an independent taskforce on the implementation of the Working Time Directive and its impact on the NHS and health professionals.
  • PRCS awarded Honorary Fellowship of the American College of Surgeons

    09 Oct 2013 This week, ahead of the official opening of the 2013 Clinical Congress of the American College of Surgeons, Professor Norman Williams was awarded Honorary Fellowship of the American College of Surgeons for services to surgery in the UK.

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