College News - November 2009
***FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE***
26 November 2009
RCPE Press Release
RCPE Comment on Alcohol Bill POLITICAL DELAY WILL COST SCOTS’ LIVES
Prof Sir Neil Douglas, President of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, said,
“We are deeply disappointed that opposition politicians have chosen the day of publication of the Alcohol Bill to signal their intent to vote down this vital legislation. The death toll and ill-health in Scotland attributable to excessive alcohol consumption has reached an appalling level, with 6 Scots dying every day as a result of such abuse. It is even more disappointing that opposition politicians have elected to determine their position before the Health and Sport Committee has had an opportunity to receive and review the evidence on this area as part of the democratic process. We would urge politicians of all parties to put the interests of the people of Scotland ahead of party politics and to recognise that the time has come for action and not more words. Further delay may only result in the preventable loss of Scots’ lives”
“Clearly, minimum pricing in itself is not a panacea for Scotland’s alcohol ills, but will play a vital part in the wider-ranging strategy contained in the Alcohol Bill. The Medical Royal Colleges in Scotland initiated and undertook a review of the evidence in relation to the link between alcohol consumption and price. The message is clear – there is an unequivocal link between price, the level of alcohol consumed and, in turn, the level of ill-health and premature death. Previous policy measures have not worked and minimum price and the other measures in the Bill must be given a chance to work”
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The Federation of the Royal Colleges of Physicians of the UK have just published the 2008 Census of the Consultant Workforce.
Joint Statement in Support of Trainers
The Postgraduate Medical Education Board, the Conference of Postgraduate Medical Deans, the General Medical Council, NHS Employers and the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges have issued a joint statement to express commitment to improved support, recognition and resources for trainers. This statement has been issued in response to increasing concern that the role of trainer has not been formally recognised in the secondary care sector.
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The RCPE is keen to improve its support for SAS doctors, whom it recognises have distinct educational needs. If you are an SAS doctor and would like to assist us with understanding the needs of SAS doctors more please complete our short online survey (open to members and non-members of the RCPE). The survey will remain open until 4 December 2009
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Death of Sir John Crofton PRCPE