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RCoA Supports Public Calls to Increase NHS Staffing Levels, Citing Current 1,400 Shortfall in Anaesthetists

A report into public attitudes towards the NHS, published by the Health Foundation, shows that the public wants to see an increase in NHS staff numbers to address spiralling waiting lists. The findings align with assessments by the Royal College of Anaesthetists, that reveal a shortage of 1,400 anaesthetists across the UK is already preventing …

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Patient Safety at Risk as Health Care Service in Wales Faces Crisis

The latest Emergency Department performance figures for December 2021 published by the Welsh government show: There were 57,761 attendances to major Emergency Departments (a decrease of 6% on the previous month, November 2021) Four-hour performance at major Emergency Departments was 58.2%, a 0.6 percentage point drop compared to the previous month, November 2021 December 2021 …

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RCEM Responds to EMJ Article that Reveals Five Hour+ Waits Increase Risk of Death

Responding to the latest article in the Emergency Medicine Journal ‘Association between delays to patient admission from the emergency department and all-cause 30- day mortality’, Dr Katherine Henderson, President of the Royal College Emergency Medicine, said: “We welcome this paper, which adds to the evidence of what we have long warned – that long-waiting times …

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Nine Out of Ten Stroke Survivors in Wales Would Warn Their Younger Self to Change Their Lifestyle, According to Stroke Association Survey

Nine out of ten stroke survivors would go back in time and urge their younger self to make lifestyle changes which may have prevented their stroke, a new UK-wide survey by the Stroke Association has revealed. Nearly nine out of ten people (87%) surveyed in Wales say they hadn’t realised that they were at risk …

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Worst Ever Four-hour Performance Must be a Call to Action and Call for Metrics that Drive Improvement

Responding to the publication of NHS England quarterly and monthly performance figures, Dr Katherine Henderson, President of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine, said: “The situation on the ground is extremely bleak. Staff are overwhelmed and burned out; it is increasingly challenging to provide timely and safe patient care.” The latest monthly Emergency Department (ED) …

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RCoA Response to the GMC Report ‘The state of medical education and practice in the UK’

Dr Fiona Donald, President of the Royal College of Anaesthetists said:  “The findings in the GMC report are stark. We are seeing more than one in 10 anaesthetists in training at high risk of burnout, a significant jump from 20201, with increasing numbers of doctors across all specialities reconsidering their career in the NHS and …

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RCoA and FICM Warn Get Your Vaccinations and Follow the Guidance or Risk Overwhelming the NHS

The Royal College of Anaesthetists (RCoA) and the Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine (FICM) would like to voice our support for the introduction of new measures to help combat the risks of the Omicron variant. With the NHS facing the worst winter in memory, staff and resources are being pushed to the limit. It is …

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Investment in Expanding Hospital Space Is Positive but Without an Increase in Staff the Impact Will Be Minimal

Responding to the government announcement on winter pressures, Dr Fiona Donald, President of the Royal College of Anaesthetists said:  “The announcement that the government will be releasing £700m of its previously pledged £5.4bn of NHS funding to help the NHS deal with winter pressures and to reduce the backlog is welcomed by the College. Increasing …

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Without an Increase in Anaesthetic Training Places NHS Funding Will Have Little Impact on Recovery

RCoA calling for an additional 100 trainee anaesthetists per year Ahead of the Spending Review and following the government announcement that it will be investing £5.9 billion to help tackle the elective care backlog and expand diagnostic services, the Royal College of Anaesthetists is warning that attempts to expand capacity to treat patients will ultimately …

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