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RCSEd response to the interim report from the clinically-led review of NHS Access Standards

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11 Mar 2019

In response to today’s interim report by NHS England on their clinically-led review of NHS access standards Professor Mike Griffin OBE, President of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (RCSEd), said:


“It is clear that the introduction of the current access standards have had a beneficial impact on the timeliness of care given within England, including elective waiting times and waiting times in emergency departments. It is essential that we do not lower our standards due to political pressure and ensure that patients are at the heart of all of the decisions made.

“With changes in how services work, there will be clearly be a need to alter how we evaluate the effectiveness of these services to ensure that our patients receive timely care.

"It is logical therefore to introduce additional, complementary measures to ensure the metrics used measures the entire patient pathway.

“We believe that any potential changes to the 18-week referral to treatment access standards need to have further engagement from clinicians and patients. Only a truly collaborative approach including all Royal Colleges representing clinicians in England will result in measures that can have a positive impact upon patient care.“


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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