Commentary magazine

Commentary is the membership magazine of the RCP, delivering authoritative insight and opinion across a diverse range of subjects – including political developments in the health sector and medical history.

The 32-page magazine is published bimonthly and mailed worldwide to fellows and members alongside Clinical Medicine and Future Hospital Journal. Each issue is also available online.

In the latest issue

  • Bricks and mortar – from the early 'modern' hospitals of the 17th century to the centres of care being built today: how does design and architecture affect patients and doctors?
  • The first year of 'Devo Manc' – investigating the progress made in the first 12 months of a bold project: devolving health and social care budgets in Greater Manchester.
  • Lessons from the poisons ward – as pressures on the NHS are growing, physicians are investigating new ways of working collaboratively. The Cardiff poisons ward offers one model of multidisciplinary team (MDT) working.
  • The new acronyms – three years after the publication of the Five Year Forward View, how are the new MCPs (multispecialty community providers) and PACS (primary and acute care systems) changing the way doctors work?
  • Highlights from Medicine 2017 – this year, the RCP's flagship annual conference comes from Manchester. Here are just a few small excerpts from our wide-ranging conference programme.
  • Professor Chris Ham of The King's Fund – in an interview with former Commentary editor-in-chief Professor Humphrey Hodgson, the think tank's chief executive discusses the future of the health service.
  • John Elliotson and mesmerism – a tale from Victorian Britain: how one of the era's most famous physicians risked ruining his reputation.

Commentary also contains the latest news and comment from the RCP and the world of healthcare, including new work on tackling the gender disparity in medical leadership, information from our consultant census on rota gaps, and the clinical vice president's column on delayed transfers.

To see archived issues of Commentary, open the latest issue and select the archive tab on the left-hand side of the page.