RCoA in the Media

RCoA in the Media

This page showcases a selection of media coverage championing the specialty of anaesthesia and the College's work. Please note that links to TV and radio appearances may stop working over time. 


February 2021

January 2021


29 January 2021 The BMJ

Increasing recruitment into COVID-19 trials

27 January 2021 The Times 

The NHS has reached an awful milestone – here’s how we recover

22 January 2021 The BMJ

How is the pandemic affecting non-COVID services?

19 January 2021 Radio 5Live Council member Dr Helgi Johannsson spoke on the need to remain vigilant, the necessity of lockdown and the overwhelming of services across the NHS. [1:07.15]
15 January 2021 The Economist 

How the pressure is being felt in English hospitals.

14 January 2021 BBC News  Vice President Professor William Harrop-Griffiths spoke on increasing waiting lists for planned surgery and the importance of following the guidance. 
14 January 2021 LBC Vice President Professor William Harrop-Griffiths spoke on  operations being suspended during the pandemic and the importance of the public knowing the NHS is still open. 
14 January 2021 The HSJ

Hard-hit region has more than twice as many critical care patients as last winter.

11 January 2021 ITV  Council member Dr Helgi Johannsson spoke on ICU capacity and the pressures facing the NHS. 
11 January 2021 LBC

College spokesperson Dr Joe Cosgrove spoke on ICU capacity, planned surgery cancellations and staff illness.  

11 January 2021 The Express

'People are Frightened!' Naga Munchetty probes support bubbles ban 'could be an option' 

11 January 2021 BBC 5Live Council member Dr Helgi Johannsson spoke on ICU capacity, planned surgery cancellations and staying safe during lockdown. [11.55] 
9 January 2021 The Mirror Staggering 350,000 patients to wait a year for surgery with £5.4bn cost to clear backlog
6 January 2021 The Times

‘Devastating’ risk as cancer operations are delayed due to Covid

6 January 2021 The Daily Mail 

Cancer crisis hits hospitals: Fears for patients and heart victims as doctors are forced to axe urgent surgery amid Covid-19 surge

December 2020


31 December 2020 Times Radio  Vice President Dr Fiona Donald spoke on pressures in the NHS and why we all need to play our part to halt the virus  - [00:09:04]
28 December 2020 The Times 

Coronavirus in Scotland: Top doctors fear ‘perfect storm’ could soon overwhelm the NHS

23 December 2020 BBC Radio Bristol

Vice President Dr Fiona Donald spoke on the need to follow the guidelines this Christmas

23 December 2020 Southern Daily Echo 

Online trial aims to help cancer patients cope with pandemic

18 December 2020 BBC News

Council member Dr Helgi Johannsson spoke on the ability of the NHS to cope after Christmas. 

17 December 2020 The Pharmaceutical Journal

How our multidisciplinary approach helped us reduce our practice’s high-dose prescribing by almost half

17 December 2020 Channel 4 News 

Council member Dr Helgi Johannsson spoke on the importance of remaining vigilant at Christmas

9 December 2020 The Guardian NHS urged to publish delayed report on hospital 'witch-hunt'

November 2020


30 November 2020 Sky News 

College spokesperson Dr Joe Cosgrove spoke on the current situation in hospitals and why sticking to the guidance helps the public and medical staff.  

25 November 2020 Mirage 

Clinical trial to compare anaesthesia impact on recovery post-surgery

24 November 2020 The BMJ

Millions will face surgery delays unless anaesthetic workforce grows, college warns

23 November 2020 The Daily Mail Would you go under the surgeon's knife wide awake if it cut your waiting time for an operation?
23 November 2020 About Manchester 

Over one million patients at risk of not receiving treatment every year due to anaesthetic workforce shortages

22 November 2020 The Independent NHS ‘workforce disaster’ threatens a million operations and could cost lives, royal college warns

19 November 2020


Seven Days in Medicine: Frail patients miss out on geriatrician input

13 November 2020


Emergency laparotomy: lack of geriatrician input leaves frail patients at double risk of death

10 November 2020

Slough and South Bucks Observer 

Anaesthetists at Slough's Wexham Park Hospital honoured

5 November 2020

BBC News Council member Dr Helgi Johannsson spoke on staffing, second surge preparedness, elective surgery and PPE

3 November 2020

BBC Radio Nottingham President Professor Ravi Mahajan spoke on the opening of private wards to NHS, staffing, second surge, and the NHS staying open 

October 2020


30 October 2020 The BMJ

Doctors and patients: two nations divided by a common language

20 October 2020 The Daily Mail 

Covid-19: Will Greater Manchester´s intensive care units be overwhelmed?

19 October 2020  The Times 

NHS faces ‘catastrophic shortage’ of senior doctors

18 October 2020 The Daily Mirror NHS faces perfect winter storm of staff shortages and lack of coronavirus tests
15 October 2020 The BMJ 

Surgical procedures are “less risky than thought”

12 October 2020 Sky News  College spokesperson Dr Joe Cosgrove spoke on how the second surge of COVID-19 was affecting Newcastle and the NHS UK wide
9 October 2020 The Times 

How has the UK prepared for the second wave of Covid?

8 October 2020


BMJ Awards 2020: NHS chief hails clinical leaders as winners are announced

8 October 2020 About Manchester 

Manchester Hospital team win BMJ Team of the Year Award

6 October 2020 The Guardian  Covid precautions delaying NHS surgery may be unnecessary, study finds

September 2020

August 2020



6 August 2020



Front-line staff at risk of mental health crisis, experts warn


July 2020

June 2020

May 2020

April 2020


27 April 2020 Radio 5 Live,
Emma Barnet

Professor Mike Grocott spoke on the limited amounts of PPE & how this was affecting both COVID and non-COVID treatment

26 April 2020 The Sunday

Hospitals hit by drug shortages for coronavirus victims in intensive care wards

23 April 2020 The Guardian

Anaesthetists report coronavirus concerns over inadequate PPE

23 April 2020 BBC Wales Dr Abrie Theron, Chair of the RCoA Welsh Board, was interviewed on frontline resources and the need to treat non-COVID as well as COVID patients
20 April 2020 Independent

Coronavirus: Medics shouldn’t work without safe PPE, doctors told as fears grow UK
pandemic stockpile is almost empty

16 April 2020 The Times

How proning may help coronavirus recovery

12 April 2020 Sky News &
BBC News
Professor Mike Grocott spoke to both broadcasters on managing drug demand to ensure safe and effective patient care
12 April 2020 BBC Online

Coronavirus: 'Local shortages' of intensive care drugs

11 April 2020 Mirror Coronavirus: Medics warn NHS hospitals running out of drugs for sickest patients
11 April 2020 The Telegraph

How NHS doctors turn to WhatsApp to understand the coronavirus

08 April 2020 Financial Times

What can Boris Johnson expect in intensive care?

07 April 2020 The Telegraph

Coronavirus: What are the possible outcomes after admission to intensive care?

07 April 2020 The Sun What is intensive care and what happens to coronavirus patients like Boris Johnson in ICU?
07 April 2020 BMJ

Skill sharing in a pandemic: five minutes with . . . Helgi Johannsson

06 April 2020 BBC Newsnight Professor Mike Grocott was interviewed on ICU care in light of the PM’s admittance to hospital

March 2020


28 March 2020 BBC Online

Coronavirus: Stay fit to fight the virus, say medics

24 March 2020 The Times

Heartbreaking work for medics on infection front line in capital

24 March 2020 BBC Breakfast

Professor Mike Grocott spoke to the BBC on the importance of PPE

18 March 2020 The Evening

NHS will find it 'impossible' to maintain 24/7 cover during coronavirus pandemic if staff asked to self-isolate

18 March 2020 Victoria
Council member Dr Helgi Johannsson was interviewed on the cross-skilling of anaesthetists for work in intensive care
12 March 2020 Independent

Coronavirus: Cancel operations so hospitals can prepare for influx of virus patients, urge doctors

12 March 2020 HSJ

Anaesthetists prepare to join ICUs ahead of coronavirus peak