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Joint statement from the RCoA, AAGBI and FICM on industrial action...

25 Apr 2016

With all out industrial action by junior doctors in England now imminent, the AAGBI, RCoA and FICM offer our Fellows and Members the following updated advice. Maintenance of patient safety remains of paramount importance and we refer you to the most recent GMC guidance that...

Royal Colleges' Letter to the Prime Minister

25 Apr 2016

All out strike action by junior doctors in England is now imminent. Today I have written to the Prime Minister along with 12 of my fellow Royal College Presidents and Deans urging Mr Cameron to personally intervene and break the current deadlock.  

President's statement on piloting of junior doctors'...

24 Apr 2016

Commenting on the publication of a cross-party letter recommending piloting of a new junior doctors' contract, Dr Liam Brennan, President of the Royal College of Anaesthetists, said: "We welcome any initiative that will resolve the current impasse. We urge both the Secretary of...

Academy Trainee Doctors' Group Statement

21 Apr 2016

We understand the considerable pressure junior doctors are under at the moment and it is important that we maintain our own welfare as well as that of our patients. The stresses of working in an under-resourced and under-staffed NHS affect our lives daily.  Junior doctors are at...

Academy statement on junior doctors' dispute

20 Apr 2016

"The BMA has offered to call off the all-out strike planned for April 26-27 if Government will lift imposition of a new junior doctor contract and return to the negotiating table. We urge Government to accept this offer. Both sides must show a genuine commitment to reaching a...

Statement on junior doctors' dispute

18 Apr 2016

The Royal College of Anaesthetists has watched, with increasing anxiety, as the junior doctors' dispute in England has escalated in recent months. Unilateral imposition of the contract has precipitated a call for all out strike action and hence the current impasse. The...

Agreed scope of practice for PA(A)s

18 Apr 2016

       The RCoA and AAGBI, in collaboration with the Association of Physicians’ Assistants (Anaesthesia), have drawn up an agreed scope of practice for PA(A)s. The document replaces the previous RCoA position statement of 2011, and signifies that both the College and AAGBI have...

New Clinical Trials Network

14 Apr 2016

The National Institute for Academic Anaesthesia (NIAA) has announced the launch of the UK Perioperative Medicine Clinical Trials Network (CTN) at the inaugural National Institute for Academic Anaesthesia (NIAA) Annual Scientific Meeting. A new initiative to help clinicians...

GMC guidance on cosmetic procedures

13 Apr 2016

The GMC has published new guidance for doctors carrying out cosmetic procedures. The RCoA has worked with the GMC to highlight the importance of providing clear, accurate information to patients about anaesthesia and sedation, as well as the risks associated with any proposed...

NICE update to preoperative guidelines

06 Apr 2016

NICE has issued an update to its guidelines on the use of routine preoperative tests for elective surgery. The RCoA, in collaboration with the Preoperative Association, was instrumental in the updating of this guidance, providing insight that reflects the essential role played...

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