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18 July 2017

RCOG statement on the Tobacco Control Plan

The Government has released its Tobacco Control Plan which outlines plans to halve smoking in pregnancy by 2022, from 10.7% to 6% or under. 

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13 July 2017

RCOG/FSRH statement on local councils’ planned cuts to public health

The Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare (FSRH) and Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) are deeply concerned by the findings from an analysis carried out by the King’s Fund regarding local councils’ forecast expenditure on public health in 2017/18 in England. The analysis shows that the Government’s cuts to the public health budget have forced councils to reduce spending on key public health services, including access to contraception. The King’s Fund highlights that sexual and reproductive health services face the biggest loss in funding when it comes to changes in spending compared to last year, with a 5% cut that amounts to £30 million.

12 July 2017

RCOG celebrates successes in its Annual Review 2016/17

We are delighted to share the Annual Review 2016/17, which highlights the RCOG’s many key achievements and successes over the past year.

11 July 2017

RCOG calls for high quality family planning for all women and girls

Member organisations of the UK Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) Network and Action for Global health (AfGH) UK network, including the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG), released a joint statement ahead of the Family Planning Summit 2017.

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3 July 2017

RCOG/BritSPAG statement on the BBC report of under 18s seeking labiaplasty

Statements in response to a report by the BBC's Victoria Derbyshire Show on the increasing number of young women and girls seeking labiaplasty. In 2015-16, more than 200 girls under 18 had labiaplasty on the NHS. More than 150 of the girls were under 15.

28 June 2017

RCOG supports removal of NHS-funded abortion ban for Northern Irish women

Today, over 40 cross-party policymakers have signed a letter supported by sexual health charity FPA, BPAS, the Royal College of Midwives, and the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, calling on the Secretary of State for Health to remove the ban on NHS-funded abortion for women travelling from Northern Ireland.

28 June 2017

RCOG statement on fall in the UK stillbirth rate

The MBRRACE-UK report focuses on rates of stillbirth and neonatal death across the UK for babies born at 24 weeks of gestation or more. Published last week (21 June), the latest study showed that the stillbirth rate in the UK has reduced by almost 8% between 2013-2015. Over the same period, the neonatal death rate has remained fairly static with a short fall. 

21 June 2017

Teamwork in maternity units key to reducing baby deaths and brain injuries

A detailed analysis of all stillbirths, neonatal deaths and brain injuries that occurred during childbirth in 2015 has identified key clinical actions needed to improve the quality of care and prevent future cases, reveals a summary report from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists’ (RCOG) Each Baby Counts initiative.

15 June 2017

BJOG impact factor increases to 5.051

BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology now has an impact factor of 5.051, ranking it 4th out of 79 journals in the OBGYN category, according to the 2016 Thomson Reuter Journal Citation Report® (JCR). This is a significant increase from the 2015 impact factor and BJOG now ranks above a number of competitor journals.

14 June 2017

RCOG and FSRH letter on DUP abortion stance

The President of the Royal College of Obstetricans and Gynaecologists, Professor Lesley Regan, and President of the Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare, Dr Asha Kasliwal, have today written to the Prime Minister expressing their deep concern about the potential impact on current abortion policy should the Conservative Party govern with the support of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP). 

7 June 2017

RCOG statement on gestational weight gain or loss and adverse outcomes

In an analysis of more than 1.3 million pregnancies, weight gain during pregnancy greater or less than US guideline recommendations was associated with a higher risk of adverse outcomes for mothers and infants, according to a study published by JAMA.

25 May 2017

Local mum will run for mothers globally when she takes on the Edinburgh Marathon

Fiona Christie was left fighting for life after she lost three times the amount of blood in her body, following a dangerous complication that developed from giving birth to her daughter. The 39-year-old from Edinburgh suffered a major postpartum haemorrhage (PPH) immediately after delivering Rosa in 2009. 

4 May 2017

RCOG/FSRH publish manifesto for general election 2017

The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) and Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare (FSRH) today publish a joint manifesto for the general election on Thursday 8 June 2017.

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