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STPs: “Don’t underestimate the time or effort needed to make these fundamental changes”

The new King’s Fund report - Delivering sustainability and transformation plans - echoes many of the RCP’s views about STPs. We welcome the drive to...

“Lack of progress towards integration disappointing but not surprising”

Chris Ham, Chief Executive of The King’s Fund "We agree with the NAO report that place based planning and health and social care integration are the r...

Reaction: GMC plans for Medical Licensing Assessment to provide one route to register

Professor Jane Dacre, President of the RCP “We are supportive of the GMC’s consultation on plans to develop a Medical Licencing Assessment, as the q...

Reaction to the GMC’s updated guidance on patient confidentiality

Dame Fiona Caldicott, the National Data Guardian for Health and Care “Doctors want to take the right steps to ensure that they are protecting the conf...

Letter to the PM: ‘Reinvigorate social care services and investment in infrastructure’

The Royal College of Physicians has written to the Prime Minister setting out their concerns on the future of the NHS. The letter was signed by RCP pres...

Key reaction to Sir Keith Pearson’s review of Revalidation and recommendations

Charlie Massey, Chief Executive of the General Medical Council “It is reassuring to hear that revalidation is settling in and beginning to impact on c...

Reaction to PM saying there’s no crisis in the NHS and extra funding isn’t the answer

Dr Mark Porter, BMA council chair “Two key figures in the NHS have admitted what we already know: there is not enough money to fund our health service...

Patient Safety in the NHS remains a problem despite all the initiatives

"To know where you are going, you have to know where you have been", as the old adage goes. As we move into 2017 and with recent patient safety crises in h...

“A milestone for the HCSA that places us at the national negotiating table in our own right”

I am now delighted to announce to all our members that as from now the Hospital Consultants and Specialists Association is formally recognised by NHS Emplo...

“It’s not sustainable for many to work against the tide of an overstretched NHS”

A King’s Fund analysis shows that admissions to hospital have increased by 3.6% a year since 2003/4, while real terms increases in NHS funding have shru...

“A shortage of beds puts hospitals and frontline staff under huge pressure”

Recently published statistics show that NHS bed occupancy rates are at the highest level they have been for 16 years. This is due in part to underfundin...