Responding to the result of the UK General Election, Professor Derek Bell OBE, President of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh said:

“The NHS has suffered from a number of problems in recent years, and so we call upon the new government to make addressing these issues their number one priority.

“During the campaign, I expressed the College’s disappointment at the quality of the debate around the NHS – there were lots of grand promises but very little detail on how to solve the range of pressing problems facing the NHS. My sincere hope is that now we are out of the heat of the campaign, all stakeholders can now focus on the very serious matters at hand. These include recruitment and retention of all healthcare staff as an immediate priority and the need to implement evidence based policies for health that improves care for patients.

As the College that represents physicians across the UK and globally, we look forward to working with the new government to support them in ‘getting the NHS done’, and we would commend our health manifesto which includes a range of suggestions to improve public health.”