Martin Marshall addresses RCGP Fresh Approach online conference

11 February 2021

Something’s happening in general practice that doesn’t happen often; we’re being openly and warmly praised for our efforts. Of course most of our patients are grateful for what we do but to be heaped with praise by the media and by so many politicians over our vaccination effort is, I have to say, slightly unnerving. This is particularly so after last summer’s open season when we were criticised for changing our model of delivering care in order to keep our patients safe.

GPs need to be on the frontline of patient care, not spending time on ‘cumbersome red tape’, says College on vaccine passports

08 February 2021

The College has responded to comments made by Nadhim Zahawi, Minister for Vaccine Deployment, dismissing proposals for UK vaccine passports but saying that ‘vaccine proof’ for other countries could be provided via the NHS and GPs.

Statement on Myanmar - February 2021

08 February 2021

The RCGP has been following the situation in Myanmar with great concern.

GPs call for high-profile campaign backed by faith leaders and prominent figures from BAME communities to increase COVID-19 vaccine uptake

07 February 2021

The Royal College of GPs is calling for a high-profile national campaign, supported by faith leaders and popular public figures from black, Asian and ethnic minority communities to support the effort to increase COVID-19 vaccine uptake amongst groups who have been disproportionately impacted by the virus

GPs highlight issues over vaccine supply and rollout

28 January 2021

Responding to the decision to open Trust-based vaccine clinics to those aged 65-69, RCGPNI Chair Dr Laurence Dorman said: "We fully support the principle of vaccinating as many people as possible, as quickly as possible and it is encouraging to see such high demand for appointments since the booking portal launched on Wednesday night. However, we have concerns about the speed of vaccine rollout to those people in higher priority groups.

Lancet study shows health inequalities goes beyond healthcare

28 January 2021

Professor Martin Marshall, Chair of the Royal College of GPs, said: “Today’s research in The Lancet is concerning. The Covid-19 pandemic has shone a light on the health inequalities faced by members of Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities in society, and this study adds to that evidence base. It shows that issues need to be addressed across the NHS. But what it really drives home is that health inequalities goes far beyond healthcare, far beyond the pandemic, and a genuinely society-wide approach is needed to tackle them.

RCGP and Marie Curie launch new 'Daffodil Standards' for care homes

27 January 2021

The Royal College of GPs, in partnership with the end of life charity Marie Curie, has enhanced the 'Daffodil Standards’ to support GPs and their teams in providing consistently high-quality palliative and end of life care specifically focusing on older patients living in care homes.

Good progress being made by GPs and teams delivering Covid vaccination programme, says College

19 January 2021

Commenting on the status of the roll out of the Covid vaccination programme at a community level, Professor Martin Marshall, Chair of the Royal College of GPs, said: “GPs and our teams – along with colleagues across the NHS - are working incredibly hard to vaccinate patients, starting with those most vulnerable to the virus, and we’re making good progress with more than 4m patients now protected from Covid-19.

Public health messages on safety and efficacy of Covid vaccine need to be tailored to communities, says RCGP

19 January 2021

Professor Martin Marshall, Chair of the Royal College of GPs, said: “GPs and our teams are working hard to vaccinate our patients from Covid-19, beginning with our most vulnerable patients, in accordance with the JCVI’s prioritisation list. Whilst those from Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities are not specifically on the JCVI list, ethnicity is one of the criteria for prioritisation within each group according to guidance from NHS England. As such, GPs are able to use their clinical judgement within the priority list to ensure the programme meets the needs of local communities.

RCGP strongly urges NHS and care staff to get vaccinated

17 January 2021

Responding to a survey by Press Association showing a fifth of care home staff do not plan to have the Covid-19 vaccine, Professor Martin Marshall, Chair of the Royal College of GPs, said: “GPs and our teams - and colleagues across the NHS - are working hard to vaccinate as many people as possible to protect them from Covid-19. We’ve already vaccinated more than 3m people, and so far what we’re hearing is that take up is encouraging.

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