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Press Releases

  • Covid ‘wrecking ball’ through NHS waiting times

    13 Aug 2020 Newly released NHS England waiting times figures show that a ‘wrecking ball’ has been taken to targets for timely treatment, leading surgeons say today. The number of patients who had waited over 52 weeks in June now stands at over 50,000, and is thirty times higher than in February, before the pandemic. The number had almost doubled in the course of the month from May to June.
  • RCS England response to NHS system letter

    31 Jul 2020 Professor Neil Mortensen, President of the Royal College of Surgeons of England responds to the latest NHS 'system letter', saying "Getting patients treated is critically dependent on capacity, so it is essential the NHS uses its contracts in the independent sector efficiently, and that ‘COVID-light’ areas are established where surgery can continue even if there is a further rise in coronavirus cases."
  • FDS welcomes plans to tackle sugar consumption as part of obesity strategy

    27 Jul 2020 The Faculty of Dental Surgery at the Royal College of Surgeons of England (FDS) today welcomes the announcement by the Government of a new obesity strategy.
  • Clinical teams urged to routinely assess frailty in older women with breast cancer

    23 Jul 2020 A leading surgeon has urged doctors and nurses to routinely assess frailty and cognition among women aged 70 and over with suspected breast cancer, to identify potential health care needs when considering future treatment options.
  • National registry will record patients’ outcomes from devices implanted during vascular surgery

    23 Jul 2020 Key details of medical devices implanted in patients during abdominal aortic aneurysm repair are to be included in a national database from today. These new additions to the database will also monitor long-term patient outcomes to identify problems as early as possible. This comes shortly after the Cumberlege review where it was recommended that ‘a central database should be created by collecting key details including the patient, the implanted device, and the surgeon.’
  • Baroness Helena Kennedy QC to lead diversity review at Royal College of Surgeons of England

    16 Jul 2020 Professor Neil Mortensen, who has just become the new President at the Royal College of Surgeons of England has announced that the distinguished barrister and member of the House of Lords, Baroness Helena Kennedy QC, will chair an independent review of diversity in the College’s professional leadership.
  • FDS among organisations urging PM to give Childhood Obesity Plan 'the green light'

    15 Jul 2020 Ahead of the Prime Minister’s imminent plans to address obesity in the UK, the Faculty of Dental Surgery at the Royal College of Surgeons of England (FDS) joins Action on Sugar, Action on Salt and 46 other leading health charities urging him to implement the Government’s Childhood Obesity Plan.
  • Surgeons say COVID waiting list time bomb has ‘already detonated’

    09 Jul 2020 The Royal College of Surgeons of England today (Thursday) said that what they described in Spring as a ‘time bomb’ under surgical waiting lists had ‘already detonated’, and called for a ‘plan for recovery’. Today’s NHS England waiting times figures show that the number of patients who have now waited over 52 weeks more than doubled from last month, and has increased by 16 times since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Surgeons back Cumberlege call for a database of medical implants

    08 Jul 2020 The Royal College of Surgeons of England is urging government to act upon recommendations made by Baroness Cumberlege, following her independent review into the use of pelvic mesh and other technologies.
  • FDS welcomes inclusion of oral health in Early Years Foundation Stage Reforms as a ‘good first step’.

    03 Jul 2020 The Faculty of Dental Surgery (FDS) at the Royal College of Surgeons of England today welcomes the Government’s commitment to include education of oral health in its reforms to the early years foundation stage (EYFS) statutory framework.

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