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.

Shift on NHS surcharge for NHS and care workers 'common sense', says RCGP

21 May 2020

Responding the Government's decision to exempt health and care workers from overseas from the NHS surcharge, Professor Martin Marshall, Chair of the Royal College of GPs, said: "General practice, the wider NHS and care sectors rely on people from all over the world to deliver essential care to patients. This has never been more apparent that during the current COVID-19 pandemic.

Surge of Covid-19 related Mental Health Issues imminent say RCGPNI

19 May 2020

The Royal College of General Practitioners in NI (RCGPNI) is concerned that issues such as redundancies, alcohol abuse, domestic violence and disrupted grief processes are creating an increased surge of mental health problems that will affect patients in the weeks, months and years to come.

RCGP calls on health secretary to move away from 'hitting targets' to testing 'the right people at the right time' to ease lockdown and avoid a second wave of COVID-19

16 May 2020

The government’s testing strategy for COVID-19 needs to shift away from "arbitrary numbers and targets", and focus on wider access for health professionals and the public, if the UK is to ease lockdown and avoid a second wave of infection, the Royal College of GPs has warned today.

Understanding COVID-19 at a community level 'crucial' to informing next steps, says RCGP

15 May 2020

The College responds to a new study published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases journal 'Risk factors for SARS-CoV-2 among patients in the Oxford Royal College of General Practitioners Research and Surveillance Centre primary care network: a cross-sectional study'.

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.

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