Care of patients with chronic lung conditions is improving but there are still significant deficiencies that need addressing, according to the world’s largest clinical audit of COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) patients, run by the RCP.
Welsh hospitals are understaffed and overstretched. Over two-thirds of trainees report regular and frequent rota gaps, almost one-third of advertised consultant posts go unfilled, and absence due to sickness is rising.
The Federation of the Royal Colleges of Physicians of the UK is calling on the consultant workforce to complete our Ward Rounds 2019 survey, which is used to influence government, support workforce planning, and contribute to national health policy.
The Royal College of Physicians (RCP) and the Royal College of Surgeons have welcomed NHS England's plans to pilot new NHS targets and measurements for cancer, emergency and planned treatment in England.
The RCP has been looking at the realities of working in the NHS this winter through a poll of its members. As specialty trainees, Matthew Roycroft and Megan Rutter have witnessed the impact of ‘winter pressures’ on NHS staff and patients.