Joint statement on winter pressures

Every winter, the NHS faces a crisis as its resources and staff are stretched beyond their capacity, but this year is likely to be the worst for many years.

The College and the Association of Anaesthetists understand how workload and workforce pressures during these challenging times are impacting clinicians’ health and ability to deliver high-quality patient care. Read our joint statement.

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.

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