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Medical assessments for prospective foster carer and adopters statement

26 March 2021

The Department for Education have highlighted to us the challenges faced by some as they try to obtain medical assessments as part of an adoption or fostering process. We have signed a joint statement the with BMA to support GPs in considering requests for these important medical assessments.


Full breadth and complexity of GP workload not reflected in latest consultation data, says RCGP

25 March 2021

Responding to new data on general practice consultations published by NHS Digital today, Professor Martin Marshall, Chair of the Royal College of GPs, said: "GPs and our teams have been working incredibly hard throughout the pandemic ensuring that services have been available, albeit delivered differently than usual in many cases.


National Day of Reflection

23 March 2021

Today marks one year since the first official lockdown began. During the pandemic, more than 125,000 people have died with COVID-19 - 16 of whom were practising GPs. Many more have suffered, either directly as a result of COVID-19 or indirectly due to restrictions that have been put in place as part of the pandemic response.


RCGP hails work of general practice in achieving ‘incredible’ vaccination milestone

20 March 2021

Responding to the news that 50% of the UK adult population have received their first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine, Professor Martin Marshall, Chair of the Royal College of GPs, said: “The hard work of GPs and our teams – along with colleagues across the NHS – to deliver the Covid-19 vaccination programme has been outstanding and ensured that vulnerable patients across the UK are protected from this terrible virus.


Disruption to vaccine supply is disappointing and frustrating – but GPs will continue their ‘incredible work’ to protect as many people as possible, says College

18 March 2021

The College has responded to latest news about a temporary disruption to the COVID vaccine programme for those under 50 and without pre-existing health conditions.


RCGP responds to MHRA and EMA announcements on safety of AZ vaccine

18 March 2021

Professor Martin Marshall, Chair of the Royal College of GPs, said: "Today's announcements from the MHRA and EMA - following yesterday's assurance from the WHO - should reassure patients, not only in the UK but around the world that the Astra Zeneca vaccine is safe, as well as effective at protecting people from Covid-19.


Conversations about end of life wishes 'crucial' part of general practice, says RCGP

18 March 2021

Responding to a report by the Care Quality Commission on DNACPR decisions during the pandemic, Professor Martin Marshall, Chair of the Royal College of GPs, said: “Conversations with patients about their wishes at or near the end of their lives are an essential part of general practice - and advance care directives, also known as advance care plans, are key to ensuring their wishes are met.


RCGP reassures patients about safety of AZ vaccine

15 March 2021

Professor Martin Marshall, Chair of the Royal College of GP, said: “Over 24 million people in the UK have now been vaccinated, many of whom have successfully received the Astra Zeneca vaccine with no side effects. Where patients have reported side effects such as flu-like symptoms and muscle aches, these have been minor and transient.


RCGP Scotland calls on political parties to revolutionise mental health support for patients and frontline healthcare workers

11 March 2021

Drs Chris Williams and David Shackles, Joint Chairs of the Royal College of General Practitioners (Scotland) [RCGP Scotland], have today launched the College's 2021 Scottish Parliamentary Election manifesto, which sets out the priorities for general practice in Scotland over the next 5 years.


‘Capsule endoscopies’ to detect bowel cancer are a welcome innovation – but must be robustly evaluated, says College

11 March 2021

The College has responded to NHS England’s announcement of miniature cameras ‘no bigger than a pill’ being trialled to check for bowel cancer.

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