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College statement on new UK Prime Minister

06 Sep 2022

Commenting on Liz Truss’s appointment and the challenges ahead, Mike McKirdy, President of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow said: “Regardless of who is Prime Minister we welcome the opportunity to help deliver positive change and bring the NHS back on track, especially as we enter the winter period.”

Commenting on Liz Truss’s appointment and the challenges ahead, Mike McKirdy, President of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow said:

“Regardless of who is Prime Minister we welcome the opportunity to help deliver positive change and bring the NHS back on track, especially as we enter the winter period.

“As a Royal College we have been clear in our concerns about the NHS workforce and the changes needed to encourage recruitment, retain our existing staff and create an environment which values and cares for all staff enabling them to deliver the very best care for patients.

“We look forward to working closely with the UK Government and the new Secretary of State for Health and Social Care on the important issue of workforce planning to address these significant challenges and ensure we have a sustainable healthcare system which is fit for purpose.”


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