The Royal College of Physicians (RCP) encourages members and fellows to engage with NHS decision makers in order to highlight the challenges facing health and social care, and the impact of these on patient safety and staff morale.
As part of the RCP’s work to raise the profile of workforce shortages we have written to every MP across the West Midlands highlighting the findings of the 2016/17 annual workforce census, Focus on physicians.
We are now asking our members and fellows to join us in calling on MPs to urge the government to take immediate action to address these workforce shortages.
The RCP's members and fellows are well-positioned to help us shape MPs' understanding of the healthcare system as they know the reality of working in an NHS which is underfunded, underdoctored and overstretched.
Our template letters are designed as a starting point for members and fellows. Your correspondence is much more likely to have an impact if you:
Together we are able to raise the profile of key issues affecting health and social care, using the extensive evidence base that the RCP holds and your personal experience of working in healthcare.
To help the RCP support advocacy activity we would be grateful if you could share any correspondence you receive by forwarding it to RCP public affairs adviser Rory Murray: firstname.lastname@example.org.