Primary care voices essential in government rebuild plans say RCGPNI

11 June 2020

GPs in Northern Ireland have played an amazing role throughout this pandemic and like others working in our healthcare system from domestic care right through to intensive care should be commended for their bravery and commitment.

Patients deserve a better service says RCGPNI

09 June 2020

Responding to the Health Minister's vision for rebuilding Northern Ireland's health system the Royal College of General Practitioners in NI (RCGPNI) said that patients deserve a more responsive service which ensures they are seen quickly and by the right person.

COVID-19 is creating an 'epidemic of loneliness', says RCGP in response to 'undetected' home deaths

08 June 2020

College Chair Martin Marshall appears in the Guardian's front page story today, commenting on cases of people dying alone at home during COVID-19, but whose deaths are going unnoticed

Statement by College Chair Martin Marshall on Race and Equality following the death of George Floyd, and the Black Lives Matter movement

05 June 2020

College Chair Professor Martin Marshall issued the following statement to RCGP members on 5 June.

Royal Colleges, charities and health bodies join forces to push for better support for those suffering domestic abuse

01 June 2020

The RCGP along with domestic abuse charity Safe Lives has written to Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock calling for more support for health and care professionals to identify signs of domestic abuse, and signpost adult and child victims of domestic abuse to appropriate support services.

Relaxation of lockdown measures is not a 'green light' to return to previous way of life, College warns patients

01 June 2020

The College is urging patients to remain cautious following the publication of latest Government advice allowing shielded patients to go outdoors as long as social distancing rules are observed.

Data shows GP workforce crisis still prevalent during pandemic, says RCGP

28 May 2020

Responding to the latest NHS Digital Workforce figures Professor Martin Marshall, Chair of the Royal College of GPs, said: “It’s very concerning to see the number of full-time equivalent GPs in the profession continues to fall. We had 712 fewer fully-qualified FTE GPs in March than we did a year earlier. These figures show that while attention has been understandably focussed on the COVID-19 pandemic, workforce challenges have not gone away. This must be addressed – policy makers must not forget the promises that have been made for general practice, including 6,000 more FTE GPs, so that we can continue to deliver care to more than a million patients a day.

Patients should socially distance where possible – but if they are ill, they should seek medical advice, says RCGP

28 May 2020

Responding to latest NHS Digital figures that show a decline in non COVID-19 related GP appointments for April 2020 Professor Martin Marshall, Chair of the Royal College of GPs, said: "General practice has rapidly transformed the way it works in response to COVID-19. GPs and our teams are working in a number of different ways during the pandemic. We continue to offer routine general practice appointments – remotely where possible - alongside supporting COVID hubs and providing clinical support to NHS 111.

Test and Trace scheme vital to easing current lockdown – and GP input will be key to its success at local level, says RCGP

28 May 2020

Responding to the new NHS Test and Trace programme announced this evening, Professor Martin Marshall, Chair of the Royal College of GPs, said: "Easing the current lockdown will necessitate having a comprehensive test and trace system in place. This is something the College has called for, alongside a wider COVID-19 community testing strategy.

RCGP warns of 'dangerous consequences' of fake COVID-19 news and misinformation

27 May 2020

Commenting on an investigation by BBC News, Professor Martin Marshall, Chair of the Royal College of GPs, said: "News about COVID-19 has saturated the media and social media – but as well as important advice for patients about the pandemic, there is also a lot of dubious and sometimes dangerous information out there, for example, around treatments for the virus.

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