RCSEd statement on the House of Lords Public Services Committee report on the impact of Covid-19 on public services.

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13 Nov 2020

The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh was pleased to have the chance to submit written evidence to the House of Lords Public Services Committee’s inquiry into the impact of Covid-19 and welcomes its findings. The report found that the NHS had some successes, upscaling acute care capacity with the Nightingale Hospitals and increased use of digital technology. However, it warns that without fundamental reform these benefits could be lost.

The report found that public services – including the NHS – lacked resilience and were ill-prepared for a stress test of the scale of the pandemic. The report makes three calls which were also found in the evidence the RCSEd submitted. Firstly, the report found that ethnic minority communities were hard hit by the pandemic and need to be better supported. This chimes with the work the College has been doing internally on equalities and diversity. Secondly, the report finds that health inequalities should be a fundamental priority of the government. The RCSEd called for the findings in the 2010 Marmot review into health inequalities need to be implemented. Thirdly, fitting in with the College’s evidence on PPE and the NHS’s IT infrastructure, the report found that the NHS and other public services were ill-prepared for the pandemic due to a lack of resilience. This has been caused by ten years of cuts and underfunding, and the NHS requires the resources to address this fundamental weakness.

The report, which also includes a link to the College’s evidence submission, is available here.


About The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh

RCSEd was first incorporated as the Barber Surgeons of Edinburgh in 1505, and is based in Edinburgh and Birmingham. It is one of the oldest surgical corporations in the world with a worldwide membership of almost 29,000. The majority of our members practice across the UK, with 11,000 professionals based in England and Wales. The College also has a significant global presence with 11,000 members in over 100 countries worldwide. 

The College promotes the highest standards of surgical and dental practice through education, training and examinations, its liaison with external medical bodies and representation of the modern surgical and dental workforce. It is also home to the UK’s only Faculty of Surgical Trainers, open to all those with an interest in surgical training regardless of College affiliation.

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Issued by Beattie on behalf of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. For further information, please contact the team on rcsed@beattiegroup.com or Emma Bain on 07730 415 096.   

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