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Support for doctors contributing to national work

The RCOG, alongside other medical royal colleges and other health service organisations, relies heavily on members of the profession to be released from their day-to-day clinical work to contribute to our activities. We are hugely grateful to everyone who supports us in this way - without you, we would not be able to achieve our aim of improving women's health in the UK and around the world.

We also know that pressures on NHS resources are making it increasingly difficult for clinicians to be released for this work. This has now been recognised by a number of senior leaders in the health system, who have written to every employer in the UK health service asking them to support requests from doctors applying for absence to take part in work that benefits the wider NHS and public.

The letter is signed by:

  • Professor Terence Stephenson, Chair of the General Medical Council
  • Sir Bruce Keogh, National Medical Director, NHS England
  • Professor Dame Sally Davies, Chief Medical Officer, England
  • Dr Michael McBride, Chief Medical Officer, Northern Ireland
  • Dr Frank Atherton, Chief Medical Officer, Wales
  • Professor Catherine Calderwood, Chief Medical Officer, Scotland

Read the full letter (PDF, 243 kb).

We very much hope that this will support any future requests you make to be released from your clinical duties to support the College's work, and any other activities you contribute to at national level.