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RCS issues warning on surgery waiting lists for children

The Royal College for Surgeons and a number of other professional medical organisations have signed a joint statement raising concerns that children’s waiting lists are now increasing at double the rate of adult lists, while surgical activity lags behind adult activity.

The joint statement warns that, for children, there can be potential life-long consequences of lengthy delays for surgery. These consequences not only affect the child and their family but may also affect that child’s ability to contribute in future to the population as a whole, in terms of independence for work and housing.

Many Trusts have looked at how their service for the children’s elective recovery programme can return to pre-pandemic levels, and some have increased their throughput for children.

The RCS and other signatories have urged all Trusts, supported by their regional Operational Delivery Networks, to review the current situation so that children’s surgery is fully considered within the whole scope of elective recovery. The statement was signed by:

  • Professor Neil Mortensen, President of the Royal College of Surgeons of England 
  • Mr Ian Sugarman, British Association of Paediatric Surgeons
  • Dr Camilla Kingdon, President of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH)
  • Professor Duncan Summerton, President of the British Association of Urological Surgeons (BAUS)
  • Dr Simon Courtman, President of the Association of Paediatric Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland (APAGBI)

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