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In response to the Care Quality Commission’s annual state of care report (published 17 October), that showed wide variation in the quality of care between NHS hospital trusts and between hospitals run by the same trust, Mr Ian Ritchie, President of The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh said:
"As patient safety is our overriding focus, we are concerned with the variance in care the report highlights. We are also concerned about the gaps in basic safety and leadership, and the shortage of trained staff.
"As a Royal College, we provide world class surgical and leadership training, and we are committed to modernising service delivery to improve patient care. However, with rising patient demand, changing demographics, the rising cost of treatments, the challenge for clinicians at all levels of the NHS is to address the problems locally by demonstrating leadership beyond the range of their specialty interest."
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