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Step change needed in how the NHS spends its money, says RCGP Wales

02 October 2018

As the Welsh Government gives more details of the 2019-20 outline draft budget, RCGP Wales is calling for a "step change" in the way the NHS spends its money.


Role of social media in perpetuating loneliness is 'unsurprising', says RCGP

01 October 2018

Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard, Chair of the Royal College of GPs, has responded to a BBC study on loneliness, which found that 16-24-year-olds experience loneliness more often than any other age group.


Extending access to routine GP services must be based on patient need, says RCGP

01 October 2018

Responding to analysis by Pulse magazine into patient demand for evening and weekend appointments for routine GP services, Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard, Chair of the Royal College of GPs, said: "General practice is facing intense resource and workforce pressures at the moment – our workload has increased exponentially in terms of volume and complexity, but the share of the NHS budget we receive is less than it was a decade ago, and GP numbers are actually decreasing.


2.5m patients across England may see their GP surgeries close in the next five years, creating a "catastrophic" impact on patient care, says RCGP

28 September 2018

More than 2.5 million patients across England may see their GP practice close in the next five years because of the high numbers of GPs at risk of leaving the profession – causing a "catastrophic" effect on patient care, the Royal College of GPs has warned today.



RCGP letter to Secretary of State Matt Hancock on GP at Hand

28 September 2018

Read the full letter from Royal College of GPs Chair Prof Helen Stokes-Lampard to Secretary of State Matt Hancock on the College's concerns about GP at Hand.


Patients should disclose all medications and supplements to their GP, says RCGP

25 September 2018

Responding to the new British Journal Of General Practice study on natural remedies interfering with prescription medications, Chair of the Royal College of GPs Prof Helen Stokes-Lampard said: "Our ageing population means that more people are living longer, often with more than one long-term condition and as a result, they are often, quite appropriately, taking multiple prescribed medications in order to treat and manage these conditions.


Rise in mental health-related prescriptions likely indicates a growing awareness of mental health, says RCGP Wales

21 September 2018

RCGP Wales has said a rise is mental health-related prescriptions “likely indicates a growing awareness of mental health”, while highlighting a shortage in counselling and community based mental health services.


GPs on 'permanent alert' for signs of meningitis, says College

14 September 2018

Responding to a new report by the Meningitis Research Foundation, Chair of the Royal College of GPs Prof Helen Stokes-Lampard said: "GPs know all too well that meningitis and indeed any form of sepsis can lead to serious complications, and in some cases can be fatal, if not recognised and treated in a timely manner. But the challenge for all clinicians is that initial symptoms often present in exactly the same way as common viral illnesses such as flu, making both conditions very hard to spot in the early stages of disease.


Contraceptive services 'at a crossroads' due to frustrating cuts, says RCGP

12 September 2018

Responding to a BBC investigation into cuts to sexual and reproductive health services, Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard, Chair of the Royal College of GPs, said: "It's extremely concerning to hear of such large-scale cuts, or plans to cut, contraceptive services, across England – actions that will potentially affect millions of women. It seems bizarre when there is strong evidence that investing in good contraception services is one of the most cost-effective healthcare interventions available.

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