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Press Statements from October 2020


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RCSEd Respond to 2020 National Training Survey

Professor Michael Griffin OBE responds to the publication of the 2020 National Training Survey

Responding to the publication of the 2020 National Training Survey, Professor Michael Griffin OBE said: The Coronavirus pandemic has unsurprisingly placed great strain on an already stretched NHS, so it is sadly not surprising that 70% of doctors in training reported that their training has been disrupted. We remain grateful for their ongoing c…


RCSEd Urges Home Office to Take Action on Visa Status of COVID Stricken Egyptian Doctor

We warmly welcomed the Home Office’s decision to grant indefinite leave to remain to the families of those doctors who lost their lives in fighting the virus. We were therefore alarmed at a report in the Guardian (15 October 2020) of the case of Dr Basem Enany, a hardworking consultant cardiologist from Egypt who contracted COVID-19 and has been on a ventilator for two weeks, with his visa is due to expire in December.

In April 2020 the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh called on the Home Office to grant leave to remain to the families of those overseas clinicians who passed away from COVID-19 having served on our NHS frontlines. We warmly welcomed the Home Office’s decision in that month to grant indefinite leave to remain to the families of those doctors w…


The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh statement on testing of asymptomatic NHS staff, elective surgery and diagnostics

Since the onset of the pandemic, the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh has been calling for NHS staff to be tested for Covid-19 on a regular and rigorous basis. Only in this way can hospitals be secured and made safe for surgery.

Since the onset of the pandemic, the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh has been calling for NHS staff to be tested for Covid-19 on a regular and rigorous basis. Only in this way can hospitals be secured and made safe for surgery. Over the past few months, both waiting times and the number of patients waiting for elective surgery have increase…


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