Press Statements


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

Response to the King’s speech from the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh

Response to the King’s speech from the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh

On Wednesday this week our Royal Patron, His Majesty King Charles, formally opened Parliament and laid out the legislative programme of the new government. Whilst there was a focus on the economy, there were also announcements on health, including a modernisation of the outdated Mental Health Act and bringing back the plan to create a ‘smoke-free g…


RCSEd President and Dean of the Faculty of Dental Surgery React to the Proposed Tobacco and Vapes Bill

RCSEd President and Dean of the Faculty of Dental Surgery react to the news that the government will be shelving proposed legislation to ban smoking for young people.

Reacting to the news that the government will be shelving proposed legislation to ban smoking for young people, Prof Rowan Parks, President of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and Prof Grant McIntyre, Dean of the Faculty of Dental Surgery at the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh said: “We are extremely disappointed that the propos…


RCSEd Statement on the Joint Speciality Fellowship (JSF) examinations

The Joint Speciality Fellowship (JSF) examinations, which cover a variety of surgical specialities in Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia, are one example of how RCSEd works with partner organisations internationally to help set and assess surgical standards.

The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (RCSEd) is responsible for setting high-quality professional standards for surgical and dental specialities and assessing doctors who seek to achieve those standards by setting and administering examinations, in the UK and internationally. The Joint Speciality Fellowship (JSF) examinations, which cover a v…


RCSEd President Reacts to the NHS Long Term Workforce Plan to Double Medical School Places in England

RCSEd President Reacts to the NHS Long Term Workforce Plan to Double Medical School Places in England

Reacting to today’s announcement of an additional 350 medical school places in England for the academic year 2025/26, Professor Rowan Parks, President of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh stated: “We welcome today’s announcement as an important part of the commitment to double medical school places by 2031 as contained in the NHS Long T…


RCSEd responds to new report that 'NHS dentistry as we know it is gone for good'

The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh has responded to a new report from the Nuffield Trust health thinktank that "NHS dentistry is at its most perilous point in its 75 year history".

The College has responded to a new report from the Nuffield Trust called 'Bold action or slow decay? The state of NHS dentistry and future policy actions'. The report concluded that "NHS dentistry is at its most perilous point in its 75-year history". Grant McIntyre, Dean of the Faculty of Dental Surgery at The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinbur…




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