RCGP policy areas

The RCGP regularly produces policy statements and reports setting out the College's position on important issues affecting primary care.

Topics are listed A-Z. Select a letter to find out more about specific topics and our position on them. 

RCGP statement on GP appraisals - 20 November 2020


Online consultations

Online services provide a new way of consulting in general practice.

Out of Hours

Out of hours services that meet the health needs of patients in an appropriate time and setting are of fundamental importance to the health service. GPs, as the expert medical generalist at the heart of the community, play a vital role in delivering patient centred care in both the in and out of hours periods.


Overdiagnosis and overtreatment can be defined as the application of diagnoses and treatments which are of little or no value to patients, or cause net harm.

In addition, it diverts resources from more effective interventions and potentially impacts on worsening inequalities, by creating disadvantage for patients, producing waste, and increasing the ineffective workload of primary care.

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