RCoA in the Media

RCoA in the Media

This page showcases a selection of media coverage championing the specialty of anaesthesia and the College's work. Please note that links to TV and radio appearances may stop working over time. 

November 2020


30 November 2020 Sky News 

Dr Joe Cosgrove spoke on the current situation in hospitals and why sticking to the guidance helps the public and medical staff.  

25 November 2020 Mirage 

Clinical trial to compare anaesthesia impact on recovery post-surgery

24 November  2020 The BMJ

Millions will face surgery delays unless anaesthetic workforce grows, college warns

23 November 2020 The Daily Mail Would you go under the surgeon's knife wide awake if it cut your waiting time for an operation?
23 November 2020 About Manchester 

Over one million patients at risk of not receiving treatment every year due to anaesthetic workforce shortages

22 November 2020 The Independent NHS ‘workforce disaster’ threatens a million operations and could cost lives, royal college warns

19 November   2020


Seven Days in Medicine: Frail patients miss out on geriatrician input

13 November     2020


Emergency laparotomy: lack of geriatrician input leaves frail patients at double risk of death

10 November    2020

Slough and South Bucks Observer 

Anaesthetists at Slough's Wexham Park Hospital honoured

5 November        2020

BBC News Dr Helgi Johannsson spoke on staffing, second surge preparedness, elective surgery and PPE

3 November        2020

BBC Radio Nottingham Dr Ravi Mahajan spoke on the opening of private wards to NHS, staffing, second surge, and the NHS staying open 


October 2020


30 October 2020 The BMJ

Doctors and patients: two nations divided by a common language

20 October 2020 The Daily Mail 

Covid-19: Will Greater Manchester´s intensive care units be overwhelmed?

19 October 2020  The Times 

NHS faces ‘catastrophic shortage’ of senior doctors

18 October 2020 The Daily Mirror NHS faces perfect winter storm of staff shortages and lack of coronavirus tests
15 October 2020 The BMJ 

Surgical procedures are “less risky than thought”

12 October 2020 Sky News  Dr Joe Cosgrove spoke on how the second surge of COVID-19 was affecting Newcastle and the NHS UK wide
9 October 2020 The Times 

How has the UK prepared for the second wave of Covid?

8 October 2020


BMJ Awards 2020: NHS chief hails clinical leaders as winners are announced

8 October 2020 About Manchester 

Manchester Hospital team win BMJ Team of the Year Award

6 October 2020 The Guardian  Covid precautions delaying NHS surgery may be unnecessary, study finds


September 2020

August 2020



6 August




Front-line staff at risk of mental health crisis, experts warn


July 2020

June 2020

May 2020

April 2020


27 April 2020 Radio 5 Live,
Emma Barnet

Professor Mike Grocott spoke on the limited amounts of PPE & how this was affecting both COVID and non-COVID treatment

26 April 2020 The Sunday

Hospitals hit by drug shortages for coronavirus victims in intensive care wards

23 April 2020 The Guardian

Anaesthetists report coronavirus concerns over inadequate PPE

23 April 2020 BBC Wales Dr Abrie Theron, Chair of the RCoA Welsh Board, was interviewed on frontline resources and the need to treat non-COVID as well as COVID patients
20 April 2020 Independent

Coronavirus: Medics shouldn’t work without safe PPE, doctors told as fears grow UK
pandemic stockpile is almost empty

16 April 2020 The Times

How proning may help coronavirus recovery

12 April 2020 Sky News &
BBC News
Professor Mike Grocott spoke to both broadcasters on managing drug demand to ensure safe and effective patient care
12 April 2020 BBC Online

Coronavirus: 'Local shortages' of intensive care drugs

11 April 2020 Mirror Coronavirus: Medics warn NHS hospitals running out of drugs for sickest patients
11 April 2020 The Telegraph

How NHS doctors turn to WhatsApp to understand the coronavirus

08 April 2020 Financial Times

What can Boris Johnson expect in intensive care?

07 April 2020 The Telegraph

Coronavirus: What are the possible outcomes after admission to intensive care?

07 April 2020 The Sun What is intensive care and what happens to coronavirus patients like Boris Johnson in ICU?
07 April 2020 BMJ

Skill sharing in a pandemic: five minutes with . . . Helgi Johannsson

06 April 2020 BBC Newsnight Professor Mike Grocott was interviewed on ICU care in light of the PM’s admittance to hospital

March 2020


28 March 2020 BBC Online

Coronavirus: Stay fit to fight the virus, say medics

24 March 2020 The Times

Heartbreaking work for medics on infection front line in capital

24 March 2020 BBC Breakfast

Professor Mike Grocott spoke to the BBC on the importance of PPE

18 March 2020 The Evening

NHS will find it 'impossible' to maintain 24/7 cover during coronavirus pandemic if staff asked to self-isolate

18 March 2020 Victoria
Dr Helgi Johannsson was interviewed on the cross-skilling of anaesthetists for work in intensive care
12 March 2020 Independent

Coronavirus: Cancel operations so hospitals can prepare for influx of virus patients, urge doctors

12 March 2020 HSJ

Anaesthetists prepare to join ICUs ahead of coronavirus peak