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Connection between lifestyle factors and overall health 'remains clear', says College

11 September 2018

Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard, Chair of the Royal College of GPs, has responded to the new health profile report by Public Health England.


Society-wide approach needed to address 'extremely serious' self-poisoning rates in young people, says RCGP

11 September 2018

Responding to new findings in the British Journal of General Practice (BJGP) on the self-poisoning rates of young people in England, Chair of the Royal College of GPs Prof Helen Stokes-Lampard, said: "The mental health crisis facing young people in our society is extremely serious and the findings of this new study show a very worrying rise in more young people engaging in self-harm as a way of dealing with their declining mental health.


Alcohol guidelines 'set for a reason', says RCGP

10 September 2018

The RCGP has welcomed a new Public Health England public awareness campaign on alcohol. Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard, Chair of the Royal College of GPs, said:


RCGP encourages all primary care professionals to get their flu jab this winter

07 September 2018

Responding to the NHS drive for all frontline staff to get their influenza vaccination this winter, Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard, Chair of the Royal College of GPs, said: "We absolutely support this drive to encourage NHS staff to have their flu jab this winter, and we would urge all members of the primary care team, including those who work in residential and care homes, to be vaccinated early in the season, for their own health, as well as their patients".


Heart age self-test results should prompt changes to our health habits, says College

04 September 2018

Responding to Public Health England's new online 'heart age' self-test, Chair of the Royal College of GPs Prof Helen Stokes-Lampard said: "These are really alarming figures that will cause great anxiety for many, but rather than people panicking we hope this well-intentioned initiative by Public Health England will serve as a wake-up call for us all to be more aware of our general health and prompt changes that will help us to lead longer and healthier lives.


GPs welcome new advice on 'jargon-free' communication with patients

04 September 2018

Responding to the Academy of Medical Royal College's (AOMRC) new guidance on writing to patients, Professor Kamila Hawthorne, Vice Chair of the Royal College of GPs, said: "As healthcare professionals, patients are at the heart of everything we do, and that extends into the way we communicate with them – whether face to face, or remotely.


Better communication between hospitals and GPs could have 'huge impact' on heart care, says College

28 August 2018

Dr Mike Holmes, Vice Chair of the Royal College of GPs, has responded to new research funded by the British Heart Foundation.


Better access to mental health therapists promises to 'radically change' care, says College

27 August 2018

Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard, Chair of the Royal College of GPs, has responded to new guidance from NHS England, which encourages doctors to place mental health therapists in practice surgeries.


New study a 'stark reminder' of the dangers of drinking too much alcohol, says College

23 August 2018

Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard, Chair of the Royal College of GPs, has responded to a new study in The Lancet, which found that alcohol is associated with 2.8million deaths each year worldwide.


New workforce figures 'demoralising and distressing' to struggling GPs, says RCGP

23 August 2018

Responding to the latest figures on GP workforce from NHS Digital, Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard, Chair of the Royal College of GPs, said: "Today's figures will be demoralising and distressing for GPs and our teams across the country who are striving to deliver care to over a million patients a day, but without the resources or workforce to do so in a way that is safe for patients, or for themselves. Despite great efforts to recruit more doctors to general practice – and we do have more GPs in training than ever before – something clearly is not working, and this must be addressed.

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