Medical Workforce and Employment Issues

Position Statements and Media Releases.


Governance on practical procedures carried out by physicians in training (December 2016)

The Federation of Royal College of Physicians of the UK statement on practical procedures carried out by physicians in training can be accessed here.


Supporting the acute take: advice for NHS trusts and local health boards (updated December 2016)

A joint statement from the UK medical Royal Colleges which explores potential strategies for hospitals to address current issues around the acute medical take.


College response to Secretary of State's announcement on a seven-day service (July 2015)

This statement sets out the College's position on seven day Consultant contracts and recommends that the priority of any extension in hospital services by elective work over the weekends could direct vital resources away from the key area of emergency care.


Scottish hospitals will fail to attract consultants if contract issues are not addressed (March 2015)

The College fully supports the STEP campaign launched today by the Royal College of Emergency Medicine (RCEM) to address the challenges facing emergency departments in Scottish hospitals.


Safe staffing levels needed to avoid failings in patient care (February 2015)

The College issued a statement warning that the care of patients deteriorates when staff levels are stretched.


Protecting resources, promoting value: a doctor′s guide to cutting waste in clinical care (November 2014)

A report from the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges on how to preserve the standards of care provided across the NHS by reducing waste in clinical practice and models of care.


Shortage of hospital beds leading to overcrowded emergency departments (September 2014)

The College produced a statement supporting calls by the College of Emergency Medicine for urgent action to address bed-blocking in Accident and Emergency Departments.


A&E capacity in Scotland (May 2014)

The College issued a statement addressing the pressures on Accident and Emergency departments in Scotland.


Seven day week for hospitals (December 2013)

A statement produced by the College welcoming the proposal by NHS England's medical director to introduce a seven day working week for doctors in England.


More frontline hospital beds needed (November 2013)

The College calls for more hospital beds in A&E in a statement after survey results revealed that patients &boarded& out to other wards spend longer in hospital.


Hospital treatment should not depend on the day of the week (November 2013)

Comment from Professor Frank Dunn, College President, on extending the working week for the whole medical team.


Addressing the challenges being faced by our hospitals (July 2013)

Interview with College President, Frank Dunn, contributing to the debate around the ′NHS Time for Action' campaign in the Herald.


Reducing the strain on patients, hospitals and clinicians (July 2013)

Acknowledgment of concern expressed by the College of Emergency Medicine (CEM) in Scotland regarding capacity of Accident and Emergency Departments in Scottish Hospitals.


NHS in crisis, or adapting to change? (July 2013)

Viewpoint from the College on the growing challenges faced by the NHS.


Comment on consultant rotas (June 2013)

This statement establishes the College's position on a seven day NHS Consultant service.


Statement on nurse to patient ratios (July 2013)

The College issued a supporting statement for the proposal by the Safe Staffing Alliance to standardise nurse to patient ratios in the NHS [link to document: (13.05.2013) Statement of nursing staff numbers] (July 2013)


Statement on research into emergency medical admissions on bank holiday weekends (January 2013)

College President, Professor Frank Dunn, issued a statement commenting on the Royal College of Emergency Medicine (RCEM)study published in the Emergency Medicine Journal (23 January 2013) entitled &Emergency medicine, deaths at weekends and the public holiday effect&. [Link to document: (24.01.2013) President's statement on emergency admissions]

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