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E-cigarettes and harm reduction: An evidence review

The Royal College of Physicians (RCP) has published a new report that looks at the part e-cigarettes can play in preventing death, disability and inequalities from tobacco use.

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RCP briefing on the King's Speech debate ‘Building an NHS fit for the future’

The Royal College of Physicians (RCP) has issued a briefing to MPs ahead of the debate today on the King’s Speech ‘Building an NHS fit for the future’.

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More than a career

RCP Cymru Wales has published a new briefing paper that sets out the detailed Welsh findings from the 2022 UK census of consultant physicians.

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The RCP view: Hospital at Home and virtual wards

There has been considerable publicity and discussion from the NHS and UK government and in the media about the potential of ‘virtual wards, including Hospital at Home’ to alleviate current pressures on the NHS. It is important that professionals, patients and the public have a clear and balanced understanding of the terminology, and of the immediate and future benefits and risks of Hospital at Home and virtual wards.

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RCP view on health inequalities: a call to action for a cross-government strategy

The Royal College of Physicians (RCP) has published a new policy paper reiterating calls for a cross-government strategy to reduce health inequalities.

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The doctors behind the debate

The three UK royal colleges of physicians have launched the latest in a series of joint briefing papers calling on assembly members to return to Stormont, form a new Executive and approve a multi-year budget for health and care.

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Llythyr agored i’r proffesiwn meddygol yng Nghymru

Rydym yn ysgrifennu hyn gyda chalon drom. Mewn wythnos pan gafwyd adroddiadau bod menywod sy’n llawfeddygon yn y GIG yn dioddef aflonyddu rhywiol, ymosodiadau rhywiol, ac mewn rhai achosion yn cael eu treisio gan gydweithwyr, mae wedi dod yn amlwg bod yr ymddygiadau hyn yn cael eu derbyn, a hyd yn oed yn cael eu cyfiawnhau a’u hesgusodi mewn rhai rhannau o’r byd – hyd yn oed yng Nghymru annwyl.

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An open letter to the medical profession in Wales

It is with a heavy heart that we write this. In a week when it was reported that female surgeons in the NHS are being sexually harassed, assaulted and in some cases raped by colleagues, it has become clear that in some corners of the world, even in our own beloved Wales, these behaviours are not only accepted, they are justified and even forgiven.

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The shape of medicine: the future of the workforce, education and training

On the 10th anniversaries of the publication of the Shape of Training review (SoT) and the RCP’s Future Hospital Commission report, the RCP is fostering a discussion that will inform the development of our strategy beyond 2024.