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RCGP Chair letter to Daily Mail calling out criticism of GP care in care homes published

15 May 2020

An abridged version of the following letter has been published in the Daily Mail today. It is in response to an article published Tuesday 12 May, for which the College was not asked to provide comment.


College responds to latest NHS Digital waiting list figures

14 May 2020

In response to the latest NHS Digital data that shows waiting lists significantly dropped in March 2020 Professor Martin Marshall, Chair of the Royal College of GPs, said: "GPs have seen a drop in patients making appointments for routine consultations during the COVID-19 pandemic and whilst they have understandably focussed on tackling the virus, some hospitals have not been accepting referrals for some conditions. There may also be an element of some operations being cancelled. All of these factors will likely have contributed to the fall in GP referrals during the pandemic, that these figures indicate.


RCGPNI calls on Government to implement dedicated GP technology plan

07 May 2020

Access to basic IT hardware and software is preventing some GPs from carrying out remote consultations with their patients during the COVID-19 outbreak, according to the results of a Northern Ireland technology survey released today by the Royal College of GPs in NI.


Age alone not 'sophisticated criteria' to determine next stage of lockdown restrictions, says RCGP

03 May 2020

Responding to a query from The Sunday Times about the extent to which age should be a factor in decisions about the next stage of lockdown restrictions during the COVID-19 pandemic, Professor Martin Marshall, Chair of the Royal College of GPs, said: "The College is not involved in discussions as to what the next stages of lockdown during the COVID-19 pandemic will be – this will be a decision for Governments across the four nations of the UK.


Around 7 in 10 patients now receive GP care remotely in bid to keep patients safe during pandemic, says RCGP

30 April 2020

In response to the latest RCGP's Research Surveillance Centre and NHS Digital data Professor Martin Marshall, Chair of the Royal College of GPs, said:


Move to relax laws on controlled drugs during COVID-19 will make 'genuine difference' to patients and families, says RCGP

28 April 2020

Responding to the Department of Health and Social Care and NHS England's publication of a new standard operating procedure on running a medicines re-use scheme in a care home or hospice setting, Professor Martin Marshall, Chair of the Royal College of GPs, said: “It’s vital that patients at or nearing the end of their lives receive the care they need – and having the right medication when they need it is key to this."


RCGP Annual Conference & Exhibition 2020 postponed to 11-13 February 2021

28 April 2020

The RCGP has taken the decision to move its Annual Conference and Exhibition from the current dates in October 2020 to February 2021. As our members continue to be at the forefront of the COVID-19 pandemic, the College felt it was right to delay the conference until next year. We hope all delegates who have already registered will understand our reasoning.


New COVID- like symptoms in children 'concerning', says College - but GPs working closely with paediatricians to respond

28 April 2020

Professor Martin Marshall, Chair of the Royal College of GPs, said: "Covid-19 is a new virus, and we are learning more about it all the time, including that certain symptoms can be similar to other diseases.


College urges parents not to shun childhood vaccinations during COVID-19 for fear of 'burdening' the NHS

27 April 2020

College Chair Professor Martin Marshall has a letter in today's Guardian encouraging parents to take up the routine vaccination programme for their children while the pandemic is ongoing

You can read it in full here


It's 'crucial' that frontline GPs working during the COVID-19 pandemic feel safe when delivering care to patients, says RCGP

27 April 2020

Responding to Pulse's new survey, conducted between April 17 and 21, highlighting the importance of Personal Protective Equipment Professor Martin Marshall, Chair of the Royal College of GPs, said:

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