RCoA responds to Queen’s Speech


  • Dawn O'Shea
  • UK Professional News
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The Royal College of Anaesthetists (RCoA) has responded to the Queen’s Speech, which promises that the NHS will be at the heart of the domestic agenda under the new Government.

Introducing the Queen’s speech, Boris Johnson said: “If there is one message that came through loud and clear over the past weeks, it is that the overwhelming priority of the British people is our NHS.

“Already we are giving the NHS the biggest ever cash injection in its history. We are upgrading 20 hospitals, and building 40 more. We are going to have 50,000 more nurses, including grants for student nurses, 6,000 more primary care practitioners, 6,000 more doctors - and create 50 million more doctor’s appointments.”

The Prime Minister also reaffirmed that a multi-year NHS budget will be enshrined into law and that a new fast-track visa process for healthcare professionals will be introduced.

Responding, Professor Ravi Mahajan, President of the Royal College of Anaesthetists said: “The Prime Minister’s commitment to a guaranteed NHS funding settlement and to addressing retention and recruitment is vital to the delivery of the NHS Long-Term Plan.

However, he said: “We need to see a commitment to a shared, collaborative and multidisciplinary system, with clear accountability mechanisms.”

Among other recommendations, the College is calling for the urgent introduction of a new operating model for the NHS workforce that will “shift the dial towards a more compassionate, fairer, culture, and address the emergency retention of staff."