GPs must have 'quick and easy' access to appropriate resources in order to care for patients who have long-COVID, says RCGP

08 September 2020

Professor Martin Marshall, Chair of the Royal College of GPs, said: "COVID-19 is a new virus and whilst we are rapidly learning about it, research is still necessary to help us properly understand recovery from the virus and its effects on long-term health.

New ways of working but GP practices still open, protecting and caring

07 September 2020

GP practices are still open to treat patients, provide advice and issue prescriptions and GPs want anyone who has a health concern to feel reassured that they will be able to get an appointment and see a GP if necessary.

College responds to Jeremy Hunt’s call for weekly COVID-19 testing for all NHS staff

04 September 2020

Dr Jonathan Leach, Honorary Secretary of the Royal College of GPs, said: “GPs and our teams are committed to delivering care to patients despite the challenging circumstances presented by the COVID pandemic, but they must be well enough to do so, and testing of frontline staff makes that possible. As such, weekly testing of NHS staff on a voluntary basis seems sensible - we know that testing reduces doubt and anxiety for frontline healthcare professionals, as well as reassurance for patients who may be, understandably, worried about the current situation.

RCGP Scotland comment on Programme for Government 2020-21

02 September 2020

Commenting on the announcement of the Programme for Government 2020/21, Dr Carey Lunan, Chair of the Royal College of General Practitioners Scotland (RCGP Scotland) commented:

New partnership signals exciting development opportunity for community pharmacists

02 September 2020

New continuing professional development (CPD) for pharmacists, coordinated by Health Education England (HEE) with NHS England and NHS Improvement, will further embed community pharmacy in urgent care pathways and help improve the care of patients presenting with minor illness.

NI waiting lists paint a very bleak picture for patients, says RCGPNI

27 August 2020

Commenting on the waiting list figures covering the quarter to 30 June 2020, RCGPNI Chair Dr Laurence Dorman said: "Waiting lists in Northern Ireland have been completely unacceptable for years, and unfortunately COVID-19 has made a bad situation worse. The current waiting list figures paint a very bleak picture, and behind each number is a person whose quality of life is being badly affected.

GP ‘gut feeling’ should not be ignored, says RCGP

25 August 2020

Responding to research published in the British Journal of General Practice on the role of GPs’ ‘gut feelings’ in diagnosing cancer, Dr Jonathan Leach, Honorary Secretary of the Royal College of GPs, said: “GPs consider a huge variety of factors when making a patient diagnosis. As well as more obvious physical symptoms, non-verbal cues can often indicate that something is wrong – not necessarily what the patient has made an appointment to speak about. This ‘gut feeling’ or intuition is something that GPs develop by having close, trusting relationships with patients that are often built over time, and isn’t something that should be ignored.

GP patient relationship important when discussing issues such as weight, says RCGP

20 August 2020

Responding to a new report published by the Local Government Association, Professor Martin Marshall, Chair of the Royal College of GPs, said: “GPs know that obesity can have serious consequences for our patients’ health – we also know there is not always a quick fix for overweight patients to address their weight. There may be multiple physical and psychological factors to take into account, as well as lifestyle.

Lifting cap on medical school placements 'only fair way forward', says RCGP

20 August 2020

Responding to the news that the cap on medical school placements will be lifted this year, Professor Martin Marshall, Chair of the Royal College of GPs, said: "We’re delighted that the Government has heeded our calls to lift the cap on medical school placements this year, and that all aspiring medical students who have met their eligibility criteria to enter medical school will be given their chance to become doctors. We have a severe shortage of GPs across the UK, and hopefully many of these students will eventually choose to work in NHS general practice, helping us to deliver care to more than a million patients every day.

A-level students disadvantaged by exams fiasco ‘deserve a chance to become doctors’, says RCGP

18 August 2020

The Royal College of GPs is demanding assurances that aspiring medical students from disadvantaged backgrounds and areas are not being disproportionately and negatively affected by the current A-level results fiasco.

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