Press Statements


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

Statement from RCSEd President on Concerning Early Retirement Figures

The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh notes today’s figures showing the number of doctor’s retiring early has trebled since 2008 with alarm but not surprise.

The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh notes today’s figures showing the number of doctor’s retiring early has trebled since 2008 with alarm but not surprise. College President, Professor Michael Griffin, said: “We have been deeply concerned with the number of doctors surrendering their medical license due to stress, burnout, bullying and po…


RCSEd President Marks 4th annual Windrush Day

To mark the fourth annual Windrush Day, Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh President, Professor Michael Griffin OBE, commented: Ever since it was founded in 1948, the NHS has always benefitted from the skills, commitment and expertise that migrants from all over the work have brought to it. Today is an important way to celebrate their vital…


RCSEd calls for urgent investment and reform to help tackle the backlog of cases caused by COVID-19

The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh views the publication of new waiting times data as evidence that investment and reform is urgently needed to tackle the backlog of cases caused by COVID-19.

The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh views the publication of new waiting times data as evidence that investment and reform is urgently needed to tackle the backlog of cases caused by COVID-19.   RCSEd President, Professor Mike Griffin, said: “It is concerning, if not unexpected, to see the waiting list for patients to start hospital tre…


RCSEd Responds to Health and Social Care Select Committee’s statement on NHS Pressures

The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh agrees wholeheartedly with the Health and Social Care Select Committee’s statement that excessive workloads caused by staff shortages are putting NHS staff, patients and the services they rely on at risk.

The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh agrees wholeheartedly with the Health and Social Care Select Committee’s statement that excessive workloads caused by staff shortages are putting NHS staff, patients and the services they rely on at risk. President of the College, Professor Michael Griffin said: We have been saying for some time that w…


RCSEd welcomes £160m of funding towards tackling the impact of COVID on elective care

The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh welcomes the £160million of funding towards tackling the impact of Covid on elective care. RCSEd President, Professor Michael Griffin, said: The backlog of elective care, in particular non-urgent surgery, is now at its worst level since records began. In addition, we have a ‘hidden’ waiting list of peop…




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