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Press Statements


Latest Press Statements issued by The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (RCSEd):

RCSEd Respond to 2020 National Training Survey

Professor Michael Griffin OBE responds to the publication of the 2020 National Training Survey

Responding to the publication of the 2020 National Training Survey, Professor Michael Griffin OBE said: The Coronavirus pandemic has unsurprisingly placed great strain on an already stretched NHS, so it is sadly not surprising that 70% of doctors in training reported that their training has been disrupted. We remain grateful for their ongoing c…


RCSEd Urges Home Office to Take Action on Visa Status of COVID Stricken Egyptian Doctor

We warmly welcomed the Home Office’s decision to grant indefinite leave to remain to the families of those doctors who lost their lives in fighting the virus. We were therefore alarmed at a report in the Guardian (15 October 2020) of the case of Dr Basem Enany, a hardworking consultant cardiologist from Egypt who contracted COVID-19 and has been on a ventilator for two weeks, with his visa is due to expire in December.

In April 2020 the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh called on the Home Office to grant leave to remain to the families of those overseas clinicians who passed away from COVID-19 having served on our NHS frontlines. We warmly welcomed the Home Office’s decision in that month to grant indefinite leave to remain to the families of those doctors w…


The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh statement on testing of asymptomatic NHS staff, elective surgery and diagnostics

Since the onset of the pandemic, the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh has been calling for NHS staff to be tested for Covid-19 on a regular and rigorous basis. Only in this way can hospitals be secured and made safe for surgery.

Since the onset of the pandemic, the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh has been calling for NHS staff to be tested for Covid-19 on a regular and rigorous basis. Only in this way can hospitals be secured and made safe for surgery. Over the past few months, both waiting times and the number of patients waiting for elective surgery have increase…


Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh statement on the NHS People Plan

Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh statement on the NHS People Plan

The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh is broadly welcoming of the new NHS People Plan detailing provision for the next 18 months. We feel that it’s focus is correct, and we applaud the aim of maintaining some of the positive innovations which developed during the response to the Covid-19 pandemic. There remain some concerns as to deliverabilit…


Professor Phil Taylor, Dean-Elect of the RCSEd Faculty of Dental Surgery, comments on PM’s intention to announce new measures to tackle obesity next week

Professor Phil Taylor, Dean-Elect of the RCSEd Faculty of Dental Surgery, comments on PM’s intention to announce new measures to tackle obesity next week

Professor Phil Taylor, Dean-Elect of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (RCSEd)’s Faculty of Dental Surgery, said: “It’s vital that the PM is bold in the policies he’s set to introduce.  As well as aiming to curb obesity, the knock-on benefits to the nation’s dental health could be immense.  By putting the spotlight on junk food, and pot…




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