The Anaesthetic Workforce 

A new RCoA report warns that more than eight million operations per year will be cancelled or delayed by 2040 unless anaesthetic workforce shortages are addressed.  

The Anaesthetic Workforce: UK State of the Nation report is the latest part of our Anaesthesia – Fit for the Future campaign and demonstrates to UK Government how many anaesthetists are needed and what is required to support and retain them. 

Welcome to RCoA

Anaesthesia is the largest single hospital specialty in the NHS. The Royal College of Anaesthetists is the professional body responsible for the specialty throughout the UK.

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Working with our members, we ensure the quality of patient care through the maintenance of standards in anaesthesia, critical care and pain medicine.