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Workforce boost needed to increase patient satisfaction with NHS care, says College

07 March 2019

Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard, Chair of the Royal College of GPs, has responded to analysis of the 2018 British Social Attitudes (BSA) survey.


RCGP urges women on HRT not to be alarmed by new study

06 March 2019

Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard, Chair of the Royal College of GPs, has responded to a study in the BMJ about long-term use of hormone therapy.


RCGPNI responds to NI budget statement

01 March 2019

RCGPNI acknowledges the increase in the health budget for 2019/20 and urges decision makers to ensure a long-term and strategic approach is taken to spending in order to deliver essential transformation of health and social care services.


Striking the balance on antibiotics prescribing 'extremely challenging', says RCGP

27 February 2019

Responding to two papers published in the BMJ on antibiotics prescribing, Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard, Chair of the Royal College of GPs, said: "GPs are in an incredibly difficult position when it comes to antibiotics prescribing. We are under huge pressure not to prescribe - and publicly vilified when we are deemed to do so too readily - yet, we know that in some cases antibiotics are a matter of life or death.


Gender reassignment is a specialist area of medicine and treatment should be initiated in specialist care, says RCGP

26 February 2019

Dr Jonathan Leach, Honorary Secretary of the Royal College of GPs, has made the following statement on care of trans patients in general practice.


UK general practice helps avoid US-style 'opioid crisis', says RCGP

25 February 2019

Responding to an investigation into opioid prescribing, published in The Sunday Times this morning, Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard, Chair of the Royal College of GPs, said:


Physios welcome in general practice – but not as substitutes for GPs, says RCGP

22 February 2019

Responding to NHS England plans to move forward with plans to place physiotherapists in GP practice, Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard, Chair of the Royal College of GPs, said: "General practice is currently facing intense resource and workforce pressures and expanding the practice team to include clinical colleagues like physiotherapists is key to addressing this, and freeing up our time for patients who need our expert generalist skills.


RCGP to support decriminalisation of abortion

22 February 2019

The Royal College of General Practitioners' UK Council has passed a motion to support the decriminalisation of abortion, saying that the procedure should be governed by medical regulatory frameworks, not the criminal justice system.


RCGP welcomes plans to roll out mental health support for NHS staff

20 February 2019

Responding to Government plans to enhance the mental health support available to NHS staff, Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard, Chair of the Royal College of GPs, said: "Doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals, like our patients, can suffer from both physical and mental health problems, so it is essential that we have quick and easy access to the appropriate care and support when we need it.


HRT can help many women, but isn't suitable for everyone, says RCGP

20 February 2019

Responding to reports of a BBC Inside Out London documentary that claims GPs have 'forgotten' about the menopause, Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard, Chair of the Royal College of GPs, said: "The menopause can be a difficult time for many women and hormone replacement therapy (HRT) can certainly help, specifically with the relief of symptoms such as hot flushes and night sweats, but it isn't for everyone – and there is nothing in the NICE guidelines to suggest that all or even most women with menopause symptoms should be prescribed it.

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