The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh statement in response to the 2020 Spending Review

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25 Nov 2020

As the NHS is facing a difficult winter period with staff trying to manage a surge in demand caused by the pandemic, winter flu and an increasing backlog of cases, the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh welcomes today’s announcement of an additional £3 billion for the NHS, as well as the news that over one million NHS workers are set to receive a pay increase.

Moreover, given that Covid has significantly disrupted planned surgery, we are particularly pleased to see £1 billion earmarked to deal with the backlog of elective surgical cases. The NHS conducts 750,000 operations a week, many of which were postponed or cancelled during the pandemic. This backlog will take several years to clear and this funding is badly needed to support that effort.

Nevertheless, we wait to hear details of precisely how this money will be deployed. The key issue for dealing with the backlog is having an appropriately skilled and experienced surgical team being able to deliver care in Covid-secure environments.

We are therefore keen to engage with the Department of Health, the NHS, and all other stakeholders to ensure this funding is utilised most effectively whilst maintaining the NHS’s high standards of care.


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 or Emma Bain on 07730 415 096.   

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