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RCGP to stop investing in fossil fuel companies

27 July 2018

The Royal College of General Practitioners has made the decision to stop any investment in fossil fuels – a key contributor to climate change.


Top tips for coping in the summer heatwave

26 July 2018

Responding to this week's heatwave in England, Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard, Chair of the Royal College of GPs, said: "The good weather is great for getting people outside and doing physical activity, which ultimately is beneficial for their health and wellbeing but excessive heat and sun do pose health risks so it is unsurprising to see so many people seeking health advice for heat-related conditions.


NHS needs to prepare for 'summer pressures' as it does for winter, says College

26 July 2018

Responding to an Environmental Audit Committee report which found heat-related deaths are set to treble by 2050, Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard, Chair of the Royal College of GPs, said: "British summers certainly seem to be getting hotter – as we are seeing right now - and while many people enjoy the hot weather, the underlying causes for it are profoundly concerning, and it does hold potential health risks, particularly for our more vulnerable patients.


New antidepressants data highlights 'interesting trends', but shouldn't 'automatically be seen as a bad thing', says RCGP

21 July 2018

Responding to figures on antidepressants prescribing, published in The Times, today, Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard, Chair of the Royal College of GPs, said: “It’s important that these figures aren’t automatically seen as a bad thing. They may indicate that more patients now feel able to disclose mental health problems, and seek medical care and that negative stigma too often associated with mental health conditions is reducing in society.


College's updated response to Secretary of State's speech

20 July 2018

Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard, Chair of the Royal College of GPs, said: "Having now seen the full speech, it is encouraging that the new Secretary of State seems to have recognised the need to invest in primary care and the prevention of disease, and also that he has recognised the importance of increasing the availability of social prescribing opportunities to complement the evidence-based treatments we offer for physical and psychological distress in our patients.


GPs and patients need to know they are safe in new Health Secretary's hands, says College in response to Matt Hancock's first speech to NHS

20 July 2018

Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard, Chair of the Royal College of GPs, said: "Technology has huge potential to support doctors in delivering the best possible care to patients and to support patients who are trying to self-care. NHS Choices is a comprehensive and trusted source of health-related information and patients will welcome this move to make the service more user-friendly.


Prison health is public health - RCGP launches new position statement on care in secure environments

18 July 2018

The Royal College of GPs has published a position statement that sets out how 'equivalence of care' between secure and non-secure settings should be defined – something that has previously been unclear.


College 'delighted' at decision to extend HPV vaccine to boys

18 July 2018

Responding to an announcement by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation to extend the HPV vaccination to adolescent boys, Chair of the Royal College of GPs Prof Helen Stokes-Lampard said:


College treating data investigation involving publishers of Emma's Diary 'very seriously'

13 July 2018

"The College has had a long-running relationship with the publisher of Emma's Diary, and the publisher is co-operating fully with the ICO investigation. The RCGP provides medical guidance for the publication but does not hold or receive data and has had no involvement in the case being investigated.


College ‘disappointed’ by reports that plans to cut red-tape on GP recruitment have fallen through

12 July 2018

Responding to reports that NHS England is ‘unlikely’ to be able to act as a ‘proxy sponsor’ for GP practices wanting to hire non-EU doctors, Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard, Chair of the Royal College of GPs, said: “With a chronic shortage of GPs across the country, and patients waiting longer and longer for appointments as a result, our profession is often reliant on appropriately-trained doctors from overseas wanting to work in UK general practice – indeed we have championed NHS England’s drive to boost overseas recruitment for this purpose.

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