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College Statement on Industrial Action Ballot

22 Feb 2023

It is our hope that the Government and the BMA’s UK Junior Doctors Committee come to a swift agreement, which recognises the great value that trainees bring to the NHS, minimises the impact on se...

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Joint statement on the BMA ballot for junior doctor strike action in England

27 Jan 2023

We know that our members will not take any decisions over strike action lightly and that the best interests of the patients they care for will be a central consideration. Whatever decision is made,...

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Greater Access to Less than Full Time Working Required, Says Trainee Survey

09 Nov 2022

A UK-wide survey of medical trainees published in the BMJ has called for greater access to less than full time working (LTFT) after 75% of its respondents expressed an interest in working less than...

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The three Royal Colleges of Physicians launches the 2022 census of UK consultants and SAS doctors #PhysicianCensus

02 Nov 2022

Each year the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow, Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh and Royal College of Physicians of London conducts a census with the aim of providing rob...

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Working differently in the shadow of COVID-19: the 2021 UK census of consultant, higher specialty trainee and SAS physicians

13 Oct 2022

The 2021 Consultant Census Report has been jointly published by the College, alongside our colleagues in London and Edinburgh. This year’s census also includes staff, associate specialist and spe...

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Key priority areas

Workforce Recovery and Transformation
Health services in many parts of the world are over-stretched due to workforce shortages, rising demand for services and difficulties in retaining staff.
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A healthy healthcare workforce is essential for patient care. When the workforce is exhausted, experiencing burnout, and struggling to balance their work and personal lives, it impacts on everyone.
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Equality, Diversity and Inclusion
We are committed to standing up for equality, diversity and inclusion. We want our College to reflect the diversity in the NHS workforce and in the patients that we care for.
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Climate Change and Sustainability
Climate change has caused great harm to our planet and warnings of increasingly extreme heatwaves, droughts and flooding will all place a significant burden on our health outcomes.
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Health Inequalities
The health inequalities in our society have been both highlighted and exacerbated by the covid pandemic. There is a need to do things differently.
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The COVID-19 pandemic has had a huge impact on the lives of healthcare professionals, and the urgent need to learn whilemfocusing on delivering the best care for our patients has been an enormous challenge.
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