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Press Statements


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

Cancelled Operations in NHS England

PRCSEd comments on BBC investigation that suggests thousands of operations cancelled in English hospitals last year.

Responding to a BBC investigation that suggests tens of thousands of operations were cancelled by English hospitals last year, but not officially counted, Mr Michael Lavelle-Jones, President of The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh said: “As surgeons, we are all too aware of the impact a last minute cancellation can have on patients. Not only …


RCSEd Writes to Secretary of State for Health

The College has written to the Secretary of State for Health, Jeremy Hunt, asking him to consider a number of practical steps to help improve surgical training and staff morale.

Mr Michael Lavelle-Jones, President of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, has written to the Secretary of State for Health Jeremy Hunt, asking him to consider a number of practical steps to help improve surgical training and staff morale. Mr Lavelle-Jones said: “Feedback from our Fellows and Members, as well as staff surveys conducted by…


Discharge Delays for Elderly Patients - Public Accounts Committee

College welcomes a report by the Public Accounts Committee which challenges the Government to address the scale and cost of delays in discharging older patients from hospital in England.

The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh has welcomed a report by the Public Accounts Committee which challenges the Government to address the scale and cost of delays in discharging older patients from hospital in England. The Committee's report urges new measures to tackle discharge delays, which are bad for both patients' health and the finan…


Fines for Missing Waiting Time Targets Removed

RCSEd welcomes the announcement that fines for missing waiting time targets in A&E, cancer and routine operations have been removed for some trusts.

The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, the UK’s largest and oldest surgical College, has today welcomed the announcement that fines for missing waiting time targets in A&E, cancer and routine operations have been removed for some trusts. Speaking about the announcement RCSEd President Mr Michael Lavelle-Jones, said: "The College, and our…


NICE Guidance on Sepsis

RCSEd welcomes new NICE guidance on recognising and treating sepsis

The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh has welcomed new guidance on recognising and treating sepsis, published by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence [NICE]. The NICE guidance calls on health professionals to think about the possibility of sepsis in all patients who may have an infection and includes a checklist of signs and …




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