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RCGP calls on Home Secretary to 'urgently relax' rules on controlled medication for patients at the end of life during COVID-19

23 April 2020

Patients are experiencing 'unnecessary' pain and distress in the last days of their lives during the COVID-19 pandemic due to laws restricting the use of controlled drugs, the Royal College of GPs has warned today.


Understanding disproportionate COVID-19 mortality rates among BAME community 'vital', says RCGP

21 April 2020

In response to Public Health England's announcement of a formal review into why the black, Asian and minority ethnic community appear to be disproportionately affected by the virus Professor Martin Marshall, Chair of the Royal College of GPs, said:


College warns of confusion between hay fever and COVID-19 symptoms

21 April 2020

Professor Martin Marshall, Chair of the Royal College of GPs, said: "We would normally expect to see a number of patients at this time of year suffering with symptoms of allergic rhinitis, more commonly known as hay fever – an allergic reaction to various types of pollen. Typically, patients suffering with hay fever will experience symptoms such as a runny or blocked nose, sneezing, sore and watering eyes – but also sometimes a cough. Some of these presenting problems, especially a cough, can also be symptoms of COVID-19.


GP referrals save lives and ignoring symptoms or delaying treatment can lead to avoidable deaths, says RCGP

20 April 2020

Responding to new research from the British Journal of General Practice 'Association between use of urgent suspected cancer referral and mortality and stage at diagnosis: a 5-year national cohort study' Professor Martin Marshall, Chair of the Royal College of GPs, said:


RCGP calls on Government for 'Remote Care' plan for patients during COVID-19

19 April 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 survey released today by the Royal College of GPs.


College Chair Martin Marshall updates members on supplies and use of PPE in general practice

19 April 2020

Professor Martin Marshall emailed College members across the UK on Sunday 19 April with the following message.


Decisions about patients' care during COVID-19 must be made on an individual basis, says RCGP

16 April 2020

Professor Martin Marshall, Chair of the Royal College of GPs, said:


Government announcement on testing in care homes 'encouraging first step', says RCGP

15 April 2020

Responding to the announcement from the Department of Health and Social Care that all symptomatic patients in care homes will be tested for COVID-19, Professor Martin Marshall, Chair of the Royal College of GPs, said:


We Support and Value GPs, says RCGPNI

15 April 2020

Dr Laurence Dorman, Chair of the Royal College of General Practitioners has spoken of his deep pride at the efforts of GPs working on the frontline during the Coronavirus Pandemic.


College calls for more COVID-19 testing in the community, including in care homes

14 April 2020

Professor Martin Marshall, Chair of the Royal College of GPs, said: "In the sad case that a patient dies in the community, GPs – or any other competent individual - have the authority to state a patient's cause of death to the best of their knowledge and belief, considering the patient's medical history and symptoms. COVID-19 can be recorded as the patient's cause of death based on a reasoned clinical assessment, whether or not they have been tested for the virus.

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