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The UK's top health news on Wednesday 21 April 2021

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Royal College confers three new Honorary Fellowships

Royal College confers three new Honorary Fellowships
Three new Honorary Fellowships were conferred by the College at our second Virtual Diploma Ceremony on 15 April. The prestigious awards were made to senior clinicians from across the world, who have made huge contributions to healthcare.

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Joint statement from the British Medical Association and the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges and Faculties in Scotland

Joint statement from the British Medical Association and the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges and Faculties in Scotland
In the lead-up to the Scottish Parliament elections on 6 May 2021, the British Medical Association and the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges and Faculties in Scotland have issued a joint statement. The statement warns that all political parties and their candidates standing for election should not raise unrealistic public expectation of the NHS in Scotland, without establishing how these promises can be fulfilled and in the timescales given.

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Difficult Conversations: Consent for organ donation: how the law has changed

Difficult Conversations: Consent for organ donation: how the law has changed
Transplantation of organs have altered the lives of many people who otherwise would have died. Since the first kidney transplants in the 1960s in the UK there have been successful introduction of liver, heart, lung, pancreas and small bowel.

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College statement on COVID-19 vaccine updated guidance

College statement on COVID-19 vaccine updated guidance
Professor Jackie Taylor, President of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow, has issued the following comment following the publication of updated guidance from the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) on the efficacy and safety of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine.

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College President's interview from BBC Radio Scotland

College President's interview from BBC Radio Scotland
College President Professor Jackie Taylor was interviewed on BBC Radio Scotland's Good Morning Scotland today (7 April), in a discussion with Dr Lewis Morrison, Chair of BMA Scotland. The interview focused on what is happening in hospitals now that COVID-19 cases have been falling and what is likely to happen as the NHS remobilises.

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A chance for real change in the NHS after COVID-19

A chance for real change in the NHS after COVID-19
While the pandemic has brought the best out of our NHS and its staff, it has also highlighted and exacerbated the ongoing challenges that we have faced in recent years.

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