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Press Statements from November 2020


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

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.

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…


RCSEd Statement in support of trainees

The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh would like to formally thank the vital role that trainee doctors have made to tackling the Covid crisis.

The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh would like to formally thank the vital role that trainee doctors have made to tackling the Covid crisis. We are acutely aware of the disruption the pandemic has caused to training and the strain it has placed on the physical and mental well being of trainees. The second wave and the ever-increasing backlo…


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

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 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 digi…


RCSEd responds to cancellation of elective surgery, lack of testing and concerns over NHS staff wellbeing

Whilst we welcome the national initiatives being put in place, such as national monitoring of hospitals and diverting patients to places with spare capacity, our ongoing concerns over the cancellation of elective surgery, the continued lack of regular testing of NHS staff and the impacts that a second wave will have on highly stretched NHS resources sadly remain.

The continuing surge in serious COVID-19 cases means hospitals across the UK are likely to be dealing with as many, if not more, patients over the coming weeks as at the height of the pandemic in April. Whilst we welcome the national initiatives being put in place, such as national monitoring of hospitals and diverting patients to places with spar…


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