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Letter to the Prime Minister from Royal Colleges

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25 Apr 2016

RCSEd President Mr Michael Lavelle-Jones, alongside 13 other members of other Royal Colleges, has written and signed a letter to Prime Minister David Cameron calling on him to intervene in the Junior Doctors contract dispute:


Dear Prime Minister,

You have spoken many times about your commitment to the NHS. In our view, as leaders of the medical profession, the ongoing impasse in the dispute between Government and junior doctors poses a significant threat to our whole healthcare system by demoralising a group of staff on whom the future of the NHS depends. At this eleventh hour, we call upon you to intervene, bring both parties back to the negotiating table, end this damaging stand-off, and initiate an honest debate about the serious difficulties facing UK health services.

Yours sincerely,

Mr Michael Lavelle Jones, President of the Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh

Professor Neena Modi, President, Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health

Dr Liam Brennan, President, Royal College of Anaesthetists

Professor Derek Bell, President, Royal College of Physicians Edinburgh

Professor Jane Dacre, President, Royal College of Physicians London

Dr Suzy Lishman, President, Royal College of Pathologists

Dr Giles Maskell, President, Royal College of Radiologists

Dr David Richmond, President, Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists

Professor David Galloway, President, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow

Professor Maureen Baker, Chair, Royal College of General Practitioners

Dr Chris Wilkinson, President, Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare

Dr Anna Batchelor, Dean, Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine

Professor Carrie McEwan, President, Royal College of Ophthalmologists

Professor Alan Boyd, President, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Medicine


About The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh

RCSEd (www.rcsed.ac.uk) was first incorporated in as the Barber Surgeons of Edinburgh in 1505, and is one of the oldest surgical corporations in the world with memberships approaching 25,000 over 100 countries worldwide. The College promotes the highest standards of surgical and dental practice through its examinations, and is also increasingly involved in the provision of surgical training and education, offering the UK’s only Faculty of Surgical Trainers, open to all those with an interest in surgical training regardless of College affiliation. RCSEd’s commercial enterprises offer conferencing and event facilities at The Playfair Building, Symposium Hall and Quincentenary Hall, and runs the Ten Hill Place Hotel.

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The College is based at Nicolson Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9DW and can be reached on (0)131 527 1600 or mail@rcsed.ac.uk.

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