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Senior doctors write to PM over threat to remove Working Time Regulations

Dear Prime Minister, As the representatives of doctors, nursing staff and midwives in the UK, we are deeply concerned by reports that there is support w...

GMC has improved its ability to assess complaints against doctors at an earlier stage

The GMC issued its report, State of Medical Education and Practice, this week. Released annually, the report sets out an overview of regulatory and workfor...

“We need to do everything we can to retain and value the doctors the NHS has”

RCP president, Professor Jane Dacre The findings and the focus of this report by the GMC are encouraging. The efforts and recommendations echo much of o...

A message to the media – please start covering the real plight of the NHS

Dear Journalists, As an A&E consultant I am writing to ask for your help. Up and down the country our A&E departments are in melt down, our s...

Royal College: trainees should have greater say over the training they receive

We are calling on the Government and senior NHS leaders to work with us to take steps to change the workplace culture for doctors of all specialties. Th...

Outgoing Chair of King’s: “We desperately need a fundamental rethink of the NHS”

I have this weekend decided to stand down from my role as chair of King’s College hospital, London. This was not a decision that I took lightly. I lov...

“There is simply nowhere to put patients” – reaction to A&E performance data

The alarming A&E performance figures released this week come as little surprise to those working within the health sector or indeed anyone who has been...

“Without investment, patients are at risk of avoidable harm and NHS is under threat”

President Professor Jane Dacre and 55 members of Council of the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) have written to the Chancellor, Philip Hammond MP, settin...

Debate needed after sharp rise in children admitted to intensive care since 2009

Research published in the Archives of Diseases in Childhood shows a sharp rise in children admitted to intensive care in England and Wales since 2009, a tr...

Reaction: CQC warns that the future of care is precarious in its annual review

Nuffield Trust Director of Research Professor John Appleby “The report shows that although most NHS patients still receive good and safe care, the sys...

Are you ready to assess a patient’s eligibility for free treatment of non-urgent care?

I have just come back from a holiday to the United States. As most foreign travellers do, I was tooled up to the teeth with health insurance in case disast...