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RCoA Manifesto: Our priorities for the next Government

27 Apr 2017

The RCoA has today published a manifesto document outlining the priorities we believe should be addressed by the next Government ahead of the general election on 8 June 2017. In our response to the Prime Minister’s decision to call an election, the RCoA responded by stating that...

Election offers the chance of a ‘New Deal’ for the NHS

19 Apr 2017

Responding to the Government’s announcement of a general election on 8 June 2017, Dr Liam Brennan, President of the Royal College of Anaesthetists said: “As party manifestos are being written we are calling for a ‘New Deal’ for the NHS, through which all parts of the health and...

BMA and FPM guidance produced on analgesic prescribing and end of...

19 Apr 2017

The British Medical Association has released two guidance documents around the use of analgesics.  This followed a resolution passed at the BMA’s Annual Representative Meeting which highlighted the rising use of opioid analgesics for chronic non-cancer pain and called for the...

Joint professional guidance on the use of general anaesthesia in...

18 Apr 2017

Executive summary Studies on immature animals have demonstrated that general anaesthetic agents can induce changes in the central nervous system. Some of these studies have also suggested longer-term effects on learning and memory tests.  To date the results from both...

Faculty expresses concerns about the misuse of pain scoring systems...

12 Apr 2017

The Faculty of Pain Medicine read with interest the recent HSJ article on the use of pain scores to restrict access to hip and knee surgery.  We are concerned by any misuse of clinical scoring systems for the apparent purposes of rationing services, especially where the...

Case Reviewers Required - Acute Heart Failure Study

07 Apr 2017

NCEPOD are recruiting a multi-disciplinary group of healthcare professionals with a working interest in Acute Heart Failure. Case Reviewers will be asked to attend meetings during which they will assess case note extracts and questionnaires and provide expert opinion on the care...

RCoA response to long-term sustainability of the NHS

04 Apr 2017

Responding to the House of Lords Select Committee Report “The Long-term Sustainability of the NHS and Adult Social Care”, Dr Liam Brennan, President of the Royal College of Anaesthetists, said: “As anaesthetists, we have a clear duty to put our patients front and centre in...

RCoA response to NHS England’s Next Steps on the NHS Five Year...

30 Mar 2017

Responding to the publication of NHS England’s Next Steps on the NHS Five Year Forward View, Dr Liam Brennan, President of the Royal College of Anaesthetists (RCoA) said: “NHS England’s Next Steps on the NHS Five Year Forward View is a timely reminder of the remarkable efforts...

New appointments to the Board of the BJA

30 Mar 2017

The RCoA welcomes the appointment of Professor David Lambert as Chair of the Board of the British Journal of Anaesthesia (BJA).  Professor Lambert is Professor of Anaesthetic Pharmacology at the University of Leicester’s Department of Cardiovascular Sciences. Over a twenty-year...

The Faculty's Statement on NHS England’s Five Year Forward...

29 Mar 2017

In response to media reports announcing details of NHS England’s Five Year Forward View, Dr Barry Miller, Dean of the Faculty of Pain Medicine at the Royal College of Anaesthetists said: “The Faculty of Pain Medicine is deeply concerned by reports of plans to remove patient...

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