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17 October 2016

Health Secretary's announcement on maternity services

Professor Lesley Regan, President of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) said:

“We welcome the Government’s commitment and long-term investment into improving the safety of maternity care."

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2 September 2016

RCOG statement: Industrial action proposed by junior doctors

The BMA Council has confirmed that junior doctors in England will take further industrial action from September. There will be a full withdrawal of labour for five days, between the hours of 8am and 5pm from Monday 12 September - Friday 16 September inclusive. Further dates will be confirmed in due course.

1 September 2016

BJOG study looks at pregnancy complications in older women

Women who give birth at a very advanced maternal age (48 years+) are at higher risk of pregnancy complications, however most can be explained by multiple pregnancy or the use of assisted conception, suggests a new study published today (1 September) in BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (BJOG). 

23 August 2016

RCOG/BMS response to Breast Cancer Now study on HRT use and breast cancer risk

The Breast Cancer Now Generations Study, published today in the British Journal of Cancer, suggests that previous studies may have underestimated the increased risk of breast cancer associated with HRT use.

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19 August 2016

BJOG release: Ethnicity can affect fertility treatment outcomes

The ethnicity of women undergoing fertility treatment such as In-Vitro Fertilisation (IVF) or Intra Cytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI) can affect live birth rates suggests a new study published today (19 Aug) in BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology.

17 August 2016

Health Committee inquiry into improving suicide prevention in England

Suicide rates in England have been rising in recent years, reaching 4,882 in 2014. Although suicide disproportionately affects men, with male suicides accounting for 76% of suicides in England in 2014, between 2013 and 2014 there was a 14% increase in female suicides.

28 July 2016

UK doctors take on RideLondon to save babies’ lives

Doctors from across the UK will team up next weekend to hit the roads of London to save the lives of hundreds of babies. For the third year running, the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) will field a team for the almighty Prudential RideLondon; with 21 members, staff and their family and friends taking part in the 100 and 46 mile events.

22 July 2016

House of Lords Select Committee call for evidence on NHS sustainability

The present demographic changes within the population of the UK and increase in long-term conditions place additional stress on the NHS. The House of Lords is conducting an inquiry into the long-term sustainability of the NHS over the next 15-20 years. The Committee will be chaired by Lord Naren Patel.

13 July 2016

BJOG release: Short or long birth spacing creates greater preterm birth risk

Women who conceive less than 11 months after giving birth have a higher chance of going into labour or being medically induced before 37 weeks of gestation. In addition, the odds of a premature birth are also increased for those who wait three years to have another baby, suggests a new study published today (13 July) in BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (BJOG).

12 July 2016

RCOG statement: multivitamin and mineral supplements in pregnancy

Multivitamin and mineral supplements for mums-to-be are unlikely to be needed by most pregnant women, suggests a new study published in the BMJ journal’s Drug and Therapeutics Bulletin. The review claims pregnant women should instead focus on improving their diet and taking folic acid and vitamin D supplements. 

12 July 2016

RCOG policy briefing: Maternal health project

The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow (RCPSG), Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG), Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh (RCPE) and other partners were involved in a project aimed at preventing maternal morbidity and mortality based on the latest findings of the MBRRACE-UK Confidential Enquiries.

8 July 2016

RCOG statement: New team of Officers elected

The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists is pleased to announce that the following individuals have been elected as the next Vice Presidents of the RCOG.

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