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

  • Show me the money: patient charges – new rules will require hospitals to charge non-UK nationals upfront for non-urgent treatment. We examine the proposed benefits and challenges in implementing these measures.
  • Physicians on the frontline – over the past months, a series of terrorist incidents and the catastrophic fire at Grenfell Tower has piled pressure onto the NHS. How have physicians responded to these events?
  • Making healthcare more sustainable – the NHS is an enormous organisation, and carries a heavy carbon footprint. How can physicians engage patients in making the healthcare more environmentally friendly?
  • Women in medicine: a new exhibition – later this year, the RCP will launch a new exhibition commemorating famous figures from history, and leading contemporary practitioners.
  • Victorian pioneers – early female medics achieved a great deal in the face of concerted opposition from the medical establishment. We chart the history of the 19th-century women who acted as trailblazers for the profession.
  • Physicians and professionalism – the NHS is under considerable strain, models of behaviour are more important than ever - an RCP clinical fellow reports on a new body of work on professionalism
  • Celebrating the successes of M-PACT – earlier this year, the 3-year M-PACT programme came to end, having trained hundreds of doctors and done exemplary work in combating disease in West Africa.

Commentary also contains the latest news and comment, including the Queen's Birthday Honours Listelections and appointments at the RCP, and a range of comment and editorial pieces.

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