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Press Statements


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

RCSEd President Statement on the Problem of NHS Staff Stranded Overseas

RCSEd President, Professor Michael Griffin OBE, comments on the problem of NHS staff stranded overseas by the Coronavirus pandemic.

Commenting on the problem of NHS staff stranded overseas by the Coronavirus pandemic, Professor Michael Griffin OBE, President of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh said: “The NHS is facing unparalleled demand, so needs each and every resource available to meet the COVID-19 crisis. Having appropriate numbers of skilled staff is paramount, …


RCSEd response to pension taxation reforms in March 2020 Budget

In the Budget on 11 March 2020, the Government announced increases in the income limits used in calculating a tapered annual allowance and a decrease in the minimum tapered annual allowance.

Responding to the announcement on pension taxation reforms in this week’s Budget, Professor Michael Griffin OBE, President of The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh said: “We are glad that the government has listened to the medical professions and raised the threshold income to £200,000. This will remove most doctors from the effect of the tape…


College responds to inquiry report into the case of convicted breast surgeon

We are grateful to the Rt Revd Graham James for conducting this important review and for highlighting the urgent need for change.

Reacting to today’s publication of the Report of the Independent Inquiry into issues raised by the case of convicted breast surgeon Ian Paterson, Professor Michael Griffin OBE, President of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh said: “We are grateful to The Rt Revd Graham James for conducting this important review and for highlighting the urg…


The College and the FSSA are calling again for the government to introduce statutory regulation for SCPs

The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (RCSEd) and the Federation of Surgical Specialty Associations (FSSA) have again written to Stephen Hammond MP, Minister of State for Heath, calling once more for the government to introduce statutory regulation for surgical care practitioners (SCPs).

The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (RCSEd) and the Federation of Surgical Specialty Associations (FSSA) have again written to Stephen Hammond MP, Minister of State for Heath, calling once more for the government to introduce statutory regulation for surgical care practitioners (SCPs). Whilst the Department for Health & Social Care recen…


The Confederation of Postgraduate Schools of Surgery in England issue statement regarding the Improving Surgical Training (IST) pilot

The Confederation of Postgraduate Schools of Surgery in England have issued the following regarding the Improving Surgical Training (IST) pilot

The Confederation of Postgraduate Schools of Surgery in England have issued this information regarding the Improving Surgical Training (IST) pilot.




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