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Law Commission - Consultation on Mental Capacity and Deprivation of...

06 Nov 2015

Although many of the outlined proposals are sound, and there is agreement that the current system of DOLs is often unworkable in some healthcare settings, the RCoA questions whether the current legal arrangements around DOLs need to be completely replaced with the proposed ‘...

Department of Health - Independent Patient Safety Investigation...

06 Nov 2015

The Royal College of Anaesthetists welcomes the introduction of IPSIS; however in our response we have expressed concern that both the Expert Advisory Group and the IPSIS investigation teams will not have adequate representation from clinicians; we strongly believe that...

Launch of NAP6: Perioperative Anaphylaxis

05 Nov 2015

The RCoA is pleased to announce that the Sixth National Audit Project (NAP6) has launched as of 5 November 2015.  NAP6 will run for one year and will examine Perioperative Anaphylaxis. Perioperative Anaphylaxis is rare, however it can be life-threatening and lead to serious...

ACTA study published in Anaesthesia

29 Oct 2015

A new study by the Association of Cardiothoracic Anaesthetists (ACTA) has been published today in the journal Anaesthesia. The research, examining data from more than 110,000 cardiac operations between 2002 and 2012, demonstrates UK anaesthetic care for cardiac patients is...

Anaesthesia for Humanitarian and Austere Environments

23 Oct 2015

New e-Learning module for doctors involved in the delivery of humanitarian aid work in disaster areas and developing countries The Royal College of Anaesthetists (RCoA) e-Learning team and faculty of the 'Anaesthesia for Austere Environments/Humanitarian Aid' course have...

Statement on Access to Palliative Care Bill

23 Oct 2015

The Royal College of Anaesthetists and the Faculty of Pain Medicine support the principles underlying the Access to Palliative Care Bill. The Bill addresses the significant variation across the country in access to palliative care services. There are excellent models across the...

Management of adults with diabetes undergoing surgery guidance...

19 Oct 2015

Diabetes affects approximately 5% of the population and 10% of the patients requiring surgery. It is well recognised that diabetes is a major risk factor for surgical complications and increased length of stay. In 2011 NHS Diabetes and the Joint British Diabetes Societies (JBDS...

RCoA Responses to GMC Consultations

14 Oct 2015

The College supports the principles behind Developing a framework for generic professional capabilities (GPCs)  and agrees that they are important across all specialties. However many of these principles are already included in curricula and partly overlap with the Good Medical...

Academy comment on Health Secretary letter to JDC Chair

08 Oct 2015

Commenting on the letter from Secretary of State to Dr Johann Malawana, Chair of the BMA Junior Doctors Committee, Professor Sue Bailey Chair of the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges said: “We are pleased to see the initiative from the Secretary of State to seek to unblock the...

Shortage of suxamethonium injection

01 Oct 2015

DH/CMU have recently received a number of queries  about the supply of suxamethonium injection following the termination of several secondary care framework agreements for this product.  DH/CMU have been in discussion with the three licensed suppliers of suxamethonium injection...

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