RCoA response to Health Foundation report

Responding to new research from the Health Foundation, Dr Liam Brennan, President of the Royal College of Anaesthetists, said:

“We need to take a step back and ask why this number of patients, with complex health and care needs, are presenting in emergency settings at all. Clearly they are not getting the support needed to effectively manage their conditions.

“The Five Year Forward View promised a ‘radical upgrade of prevention and public health’ but this was never going to happen when public health services were asked to do more with less. As a result, patients arrive in hospital in need of treatment, but not in a good state to receive it.

“A recent study from the RCoA found that as many as four in ten (41%) patients were anaemic at time of surgery and one in five patients with diabetes did not have their blood sugar in control before their operation.

“Helping patients get prepared for hospital treatment, and dedicating time to their recovery, saves money, time and most importantly improves outcomes for patients.  Anaesthetists are at the fore of developing perioperative care pathways, to get patients fit for surgery and healthy after an operation. Perioperative care is a vital strategy to address the reasons why 400,000 patients each year are walking into the revolving door of hospital care, followed by emergency readmission”.

22 May 2018