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13 February 2018

RCOG response to BMJ opinion piece on maternity communication

An opinion piece published in The BMJ discusses the importance of language as a way of respecting women's views and ensuring that they are empowered to make decisions around their pregnancy and birth.


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6 February 2018

RCOG supports International Day of Zero Tolerance for FGM

Today marks the International Day of Zero Tolerance for FGM – a day to raise awareness of female genital mutilation (FGM) and to encourage concrete actions against the practice.  

2 February 2018

Full funding of IVF treatment would lower rates of multiple pregnancies say RCOG

Government funding of IVF is the most important factor that could maintain low rates of multiple pregnancies following treatment and reduce associated complications for mothers and babies, as well as costs to the NHS, according to a Scientific Impact Paper published by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists today.

1 February 2018

RCOG responds to the CQC’s maternity survey results

Most women are having a positive experience of maternity care and treatment within the NHS, according to a survey of more than 18,000 people in England.


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31 January 2018

RCOG response to new study into folic acid fortification

There are fresh calls for the government to fortify flour with folic acid in the UK to help protect babies from common birth defects after a new study found there is no need for an upper limit of folate intake. 


22 January 2018

FSRH and RCOG issue call for urgent action to increase cervical screening attendance rates

The Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare (FSRH) and the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists are concerned about the reported drop in cervical screening rates for the year 2016-17 in England. Latest figures by NHS Digital for the NHS Cervical Screening Programme 2016-17 show that there has been a decrease in attendance from 75.7% in 2011 to 72% for women aged 25 to 64 as of March 2017. Cervical screening rates are now at their lowest in two decades.


20 December 2017

RCOG statement on the GMC report on medical education and practice in the UK

The General Medical Council has published a new report, ‘The state of medical education and practice 2017’, which analyses data on the medical workforce across the UK. It identifies challenges facing the medical profession and highlights priorities for the UK’s governments and agencies responsible for medical training and workforce planning.


19 December 2017

Major step forward in battle against Group B Strep with launch of new leaflet

The battle against group B Strep (GBS) took a huge leap forward today with the launch of a new patient leaflet which will be provided to all pregnant women for the first time.


15 December 2017

RCOG and BSUG response to NICE guidance on transvaginal mesh repair for prolapse

This NICE IPG refers only to the use of mesh to reinforce pelvic organ prolapse repair for anterior and posterior wall prolapse. It does not refer to the use of mesh or tape for stress urinary incontinence or vaginal vault surgery which are subject to different NICE IPG’s. The NICE Clinical Guideline on Urinary Incontinence and Pelvic Organ Prolapse is due to be published in 2019.


8 December 2017

Doctors & midwives express concern as 6 in 10 pregnant women miss out on flu jab

The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) and Royal College of Midwives (RCM) are reminding all pregnant women to take up the offer of free flu vaccination this winter to protect themselves and their baby from complications caused by the flu virus. This comes after statistics published today (7 December) by Public Health England reveal just four in ten (43.1%)* mums-to-be have received the vaccine so far this winter. While this is a slight improvement on uptake in 2016 (40.8%) and 2015 (35.6%), it’s vital that more pregnant women come forward for the vaccine. 


8 December 2017

RCOG & RCM joint statement on MBBRACE-UK report on maternal deaths

New figures reveal no significant reduction in the number of women who died during or after pregnancy between 2013 and 2015, according to the latest report from MBBRACE-UK. The overall death rate in the UK is now 8.8 per 100,000. 


28 November 2017

RCOG/RCM joint response to the Maternity Safety Strategy

As leaders of the professional bodies for midwives and obstetricians, the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) and Royal College of Midwives (RCM) welcome this refreshed Maternity Safety Strategy and the targets and commitments it contains.


28 November 2017

RCOG/RCM joint statement in response to MBRRACE-UK report on stillbirths

Stillbirth and neonatal deaths have more than halved in the UK from 0.62 to 0.28 per 1,000 total births since 1993, representing a fall of around 220 intrapartum (term) deaths per year, according to new figures published today. 


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