Support expressed for wider public and health work

In a letter to all NHS hospitals, the Department of Health, NHS England, the General Medical Council, and the devolved nations’ health bodies have reiterated their support for allowing clinicians to undertake national work for the wider benefit of the public and health services across the United Kingdom.

The Royal College of Anaesthetists (RCoA) welcomes this call and thanks these organisations and NHS hospitals across the United Kingdom for supporting the important work carried out by volunteers at the RCoA, other Medical Royal Colleges, and statutory agencies and bodies.

From the work we undertake in training and examinations, to the ongoing work in clinical quality improvement and research, we rely on and are hugely grateful to anaesthetists of all grades who volunteer considerable time and who are generously supported by their local hospitals.

Fellows and members may find the supportive comments in this letter useful when negotiating with their employers for time away from their base hospitals to fulfil work on behalf of the speciality and wider NHS.

11 July 2017