RCGP Scotland comment on Scottish Parliament debate on face to face GP services

16 September 2021

Dr Chris Williams, Joint Chair of RCGP Scotland, said:

College response on roll-out of Covid booster vaccine

14 September 2021

The College has issued the following statement, following the Government’s confirmation of the Covid ‘booster’ vaccine programme for over 50s and clinically vulnerable patients

Chronic shortage of GPs is the reason patients are facing long waiting times for appointments, says College

14 September 2021

The College has responded to comments made by the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care for England, Sajid Javid, about face to face GP appointments

Media attacks on GPs ‘poison’ relationship with patients, says College Chair in powerful defence of the profession

13 September 2021

College Chair Martin Marshall has written a scathing counter attack in the BMJ on the ‘war of attrition’ being waged against GPs by sections of the media.

College response on Covid vaccines for children and young people aged 12 and over

13 September 2021

The College has issued the following statement, in response to the Chief Medical Officer’s decision to extend the Covid vaccination programme to children and young people aged 12 and over.

Media depiction of virtual appointments irresponsible and causing unnecessary concern, warns College

12 September 2021

College Chair Martin Marshall has appeared in national media over the weekend to defend the role of remote consultations in general practice. Martin wrote to the Sunday Times to make the case.

Media vitriol is harming patient trust as well as GP morale, says College

10 September 2021

We are outraged at the media coverage on remote consultations that is running in some of the nationals and online today.

RCGP Scotland comment in response to the Scottish Government's Programme for Government (PfG)

07 September 2021

Commenting on the Scottish Government's 2021/22 Programme for Government (PfG), RCGP Scotland's Joint Chair Dr Chris Williams said:

Patient care must be safe - but pressures on GPs are making this increasingly difficult to guarantee, says College

06 September 2021

The College appears in the national media today, including the Telegraph, defending hard pressed GPs against claims that they are being 'ordered' to provide face-to-face appointments.

Winter flu vaccine programme ‘cannot fail’ says College in response to delivery delays

03 September 2021

Reacting to the news that supplies of winter flu vaccine might be delayed for up to two weeks, Dr Gary Howsam, Vice Chair of the Royal College of GPs, said: “This is news we really didn’t want to hear. With over 36 million people eligible for the flu vaccine on the NHS this year, GPs need the supply chain to run like clockwork. They are already under enormous pressure and still waiting for details of how the Covid booster campaign will align with everything else they need to do this winter.

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