Doctors’ Warning: Scottish Hospital Patients Receiving Inappropriate Care as Patient Numbers Exceed Beds

RCPE Press Release

12 June 2012


New data produced by the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh (RCPE) has shown that hospitals, which are regularly under pressure during the winter months, are now routinely transferring patients around the hospital all year round to cope with the number of medical patients. This is inappropriate, places patients at risk and is difficult for the medical teams caring for them.


New Online Archive Catalogue Reveals Historical Treasures

***EMBARGO: NOT FOR BROADCAST OR PUBLICATION BEFORE 00:01HRS 16 May 2012***RCPE Press Release 16 May 2012NEW ONLINE ARCHIVE CATALOGUE REVEALS HISTORICAL MEDICAL TREASURESNapoleon’s post mortem report and Kipling letter amongst recently discovered itemsA new online archive catalogue [1] will, for the first time, enable academics and the public to access a range of fascinating and rare historical letters and other items which have been discovered within the collection of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh (RCPE).The

Medical Experts Call on Scottish & UK Governments to Introduce National Screening Programme to Cut Stroke Deaths

RCPE Press Release

05 March 2012

A high-level meeting of over 120 leading stroke specialists from around the UK, convened by the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh (RCPE), has recommended that the Scottish and UK Governments should urgently introduce national screening programmes aimed at reducing the number of strokes and premature deaths caused by stroke.

NHS Urged to Adapt to Female Workforce if Wishing to End Inequality and Maintain Patient Care

RCPE Press Release

04 October 2011

The Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh (RCPE) will today (4 October 2011) call on the NHS (throughout Scotland and the UK) to develop more flexible working patterns in order to respond to the rapidly increasing number of female medical graduates and doctors, and to ensure that the provision of patient care is maintained.

"August is Always a Nightmare": 90% of Doctors Believe National Training Changeover Decreases Patient Safety

RCPE Press Release

18 August 2011

A new study has found that 90% of doctors who responded to a survey believe that patient safety throughout Scotland and the UK is compromised in August when the latest intake of medical trainee doctors start their training posts in the NHS on the same day nationally, and doctors already in training rotate into other positions.