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The RCS' latest policy and media outcomes

27 Jul 2017

From member comment on the Ian Paterson case, to raising awareness of rising patient waiting times, the RCS’ press and public affairs team has continued to champion the collective voice of our members this year.

We remain focused on our commitment to members of increasing our support and advocacy for the profession, and are delighted to share our latest policy, coverage and stakeholder engagement outcomes.

Vocalising the views of the profession

This year to date, the RCS is the second most-quoted UK healthcare organisation in the media– surpassed only by the Royal College of Nursing. The majority of the RCS’ coverage is proactive rather than reactive, meaning that our press and public affairs team created the story.

Advocating for the profession and debating key political issues

Despite the election meaning there were fewer opportunities to influence government policy, the RCS achieved the following changes from March-June this year.


Though these actions have not led to immediate changes, it is also important to note these movements on key issues:


The RCS’ position on the European Working Time Directive was highlighted in the Health Committee’s report on Brexit.

Workforce planning

The RCS comments on workforce planning were quoted in a House of Lords long-term sustainability of the NHS inquiry report.

Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships

The RCS has been working with NHS England to increase clinical engagement on Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships (STPs).

Arbitrary rationing

The RCS has liaised with MPs to highlight examples of arbitrary rationing in Parliamentary Questions.

In line with our commitment that we will vocally champion and be an advocate for the profession while debating key political issues, our members can expect to continue to seeing the policy influence and widespread and meaningful media coverage achieved by the RCS so far this year.

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