Statement of solidarity and support for BAME colleagues and communities

26 June 2020

The Royal College of General Practitioners believes that all forms of racism are abhorrent and must not be tolerated. The tragic death of George Floyd - adding to the disproportionate number of black people killed by police in the US - and the response and subsequent activism by the Black Lives Matter movement have made us all hold up a mirror to ourselves and recognise that we are all part of structural racism.

General practice has been open throughout pandemic and will continue to be so, says RCGP Chair

24 June 2020

Responding to a comment at yesterday’s COVID-19 press conference that patients were attending A&E because they couldn’t see a GP, Professor Martin Marshall, Chair of the Royal College of GPs, said:

Relaxation of shielding restrictions will be a ‘great relief’ for patients – but GPs must have clear information and advice to give them, says College

22 June 2020

The College has issued the following statement, following tonight’s announcement by Health Secretary Matt Hancock that shielding restrictions for patients in England will start being lifted from Monday 6 July.

GPs predict ‘huge surge’ in patients with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder due to COVID-19

21 June 2020

The Royal College of GPs has reworked its learning materials - initially developed to help GP practices provide targeted support to military veterans returning from war zones and trying to adjust to civilian life – to create specific resources for family doctors helping their patients come to terms with the pandemic and its aftermath.

Further drop in GP Practices is alarming say RCGPNI

19 June 2020

Statistics out today which show a further drop in the number of GP practices is deeply alarming the Royal College of General Practitioners in Northern Ireland (RCGPNI) has said. The drop of another four practices, as a result of either closure or mergers, means NI is now served by 323 GP surgeries, which in 2014 stood at 350.

RCGP advocates shift from 'tick box accountability' to more trust in GPs to deliver safe patient care post-COVID

18 June 2020

Professor Martin Marshall, Chair of the Royal College of GPs, said: "The COVID-19 pandemic has been challenging for GPs and patients, but there are also lessons to be learnt from how we have changed the way we work in general practice.

Clear guidance needed as College anticipates 'thousands of patients' will approach GPs with concerns about shielding changes

17 June 2020

Responding to reports in the Health Service Journal about the future of the government’s ‘shielding’ programme during COVID-19, Professor Martin Marshall, Chair of the Royal College of GPs, said: “Shielding has been an important part of the response to COVID-19, with the aim of keeping those patients who are most at risk safe by avoiding potential exposure to the virus as much as possible. It hasn’t been easy for those affected, but it has been necessary."

GPs must not be blindsided by Government announcements says RCGP

14 June 2020

Professor Martin Marshall, Chair of the Royal College of GPs, said: "The College wants to continue working with Government and other policy makers to help tackle COVID-19, and keep patients as safe as possible as lockdown restrictions are eased.

Maternal postnatal checks 'high priority services' during COVID-19, RCGP assures new mothers

12 June 2020

Responding to reports in the Huffington Post that some new mothers have had difficulty securing face to face postnatal checks during the COVID-19 pandemic, Dr Victoria Tzortziou Brown, Joint Honorary Secretary of the Royal College of GPs, said: "GPs are working very hard to operate 'business as usual' during the pandemic. To ensure the safety of patients and staff, all appointments are being triaged and many consultations take place remotely via telephone or video.

Royal Colleges connect with Health Minister on new blueprint for NI's health system

12 June 2020

Medical leaders from the Royal College of GPs, Royal College of Surgeons, Royal College of Physicians Edinburgh and Royal College of Emergency Medicine met with the Health Minister, Robin Swann to discuss his plan to rebuild Northern Ireland's health service.

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