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New guidance prevents doctors being ‘gagged’ and says they must...

26 Jan 2012

New guidance from the General Medical Council will prevent doctors entering into contracts or agreements that seek to stop them raising concerns about poor quality care. Niall Dickson, Chief Executive of the General Medical Council said: ‘These clauses are totally unacceptable....

Knowing the Risk: a review of the peri-operative care of surgical...

09 Dec 2011

Strictly embargoed until 00.01 09 December 2011 Knowing the Risk: a review of the peri-operative care of surgical patients The Royal College of Anaesthetists welcomes the launch of Knowing the Risk, the latest report from the National Confidential Enquiry into Patient Outcome...

Are We There Yet? A review of organisational and clinical aspects...

30 Oct 2011

Enquiry says UK – wide clinical networks needed to improve quality care for children who undergo surgery The Royal College of Anaesthetists (RCoA) is very supportive of this report, the third of its kind produced by NCEPOD over a 22 year period, during which there have been...

The introduction of new neuraxial connectors in the NHS

28 Oct 2011

A Position Statement from: The Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland The Royal College of Anaesthetists The Obstetric Anaesthetists’ Association Regional Anaesthesia UK The Association of Paediatric Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland Royal College...

GMC consultation on the Licence to Practise and Revalidation...

19 Oct 2011

The GMC is seeking feedback on the draft regulations covering the process that will enable the GMC to revalidate a doctor’s licence to practise. The draft regulations covers the process by which doctors will demonstrate that they are practising in accordance with the values and...

GMC consultation on new draft guidance on Continuing Professional...

19 Oct 2011

The GMC has set up an expert working group to develop new draft guidance following a major review of the GMC’s role in CPD. As part of the review, over 1,900 doctors gave their views on CPD. Seventy-eight percent said they were able to access appropriate learning and 81% had an...

Don't play Russian Roulette with flu

05 Oct 2011

Last year many ICUs came under serious pressure because of H1N1 infections. The Chief Medical Officer, Dame Sally Davies, has written personally to College presidents seeking their support, and that of their Fellows and Members, for the vaccination programme this winter....

NCEPOD survey of practice of cardiac arrest procedures

05 Oct 2011

The National Confidential Enquiring into Patient Outcome and Death (NCEPOD) is undertaking a study into Cardiac Arrest Procedures which includes peer review of care of a sample of patients receiving CPR following a cardiac arrest. One of this study’s objectives is to “Determine...

Better support needed for doctors entering UK practice

23 Sep 2011

Doctors entering the UK health service for the first time need better support in order to practise safely, according to a new report published today. Every year, around 12,000 doctors from the UK, Europe and countries around the world, start working in the UK for the first time...

Epidural injection safety

16 Sep 2011

Recent and continuing articles in the media about epidural safety have prompted the Royal College of Anaesthetists (RCoA) to provide the following statement.  As epidurals are used widely across the UK for adults and children, we have prepared this statement in partnership with...

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