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Press Statements


Press Statements from July 2015


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Response to Secretary of State's Statement on 24/7 NHS Consultant Care for England

RCSEd comment

From Mr Ian Ritchie, President of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh: “Patients rightly expect the same standards of care at night and weekends as they would receive during normal working hours.  We support this, and know that our membership is strongly in favour of round the clock services. However, they also have concerns about the feasi…


Public Health Funding

RCSEd comment on proposed cuts to public health budgets in England

Mr Ian Ritchie, PRCSEd, has today warned that the proposed £200 million cuts to public health budgets in England will significantly hamper efforts to reduce NHS costs. Mr Ritchie said: "NHS England's Five Year Forward View recognises the impact that smoking, alcohol abuse, obesity and inactivity are having on the NHS's finite resources. These cut…


Scottish Academy Report on ‘Learnings from Serious Failings in Care’

RCSEd President comments

The Academy of Medical Royal Colleges in Scotland has today (10 July 2015) published a series of major recommendations aimed at addressing systemic failings in NHS care in Scotland, evidenced in recent reports on hospital deficiencies, which it believes have been predominantly caused by the failure of clinical staff and NHS management to work toget…


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