DAUK in The Daily Mail: NHS workers ‘frustrated’ as admin staff get Covid vaccines BEFORE frontline doctors

NHS workers are 'frustrated' that admin staff are being offered the Covid-19 vaccine before frontline doctors and nurses and that hospitals and GP surgeries face delays to deliveries of the crucial jab. The Doctors Association UK (DAUK) wrote to the Health Secretary Matt Hancock to call on him to let all doctors and nurses know when they would receive the vaccine.


DAUK in The Guardian: Give NHS staff Covid vaccine now or face growing winter crisis, say hospital bosses

Doctors and nurses are asking their hospitals to vaccinate them, but are being told they will have to wait until early 2021 because the over-80s and care home staff are the top priority. The Doctors Association UK, a network of NHS grassroots medics, backed the call for frontline staff to get jabs urgently. Dr Katie Sanderson, a DAUK spokesperson, said: “Logic dictates we vaccinate the vaccinators and healthcare workers as soon as possible, remembering the old adage: ‘first, do no harm’.”


DAUK in Newsweek: What’s in U.K. Spending Review for the Next Year of COVID Crisis?

Britain's chancellor has the unenviable job of planning how to spend the country's money against a backdrop of an economy devastated by the COVID crisis and huge job losses. Dr. Ellen Welch, who sits on a committee of the Doctors' Association U.K. (DAUK), tells Newsweek that if a potential pay freeze does hit those working within the NHS it "will come as a huge kick in the teeth for staff morale".


DAUK in Asian Voice: Doctors fighting racism “want” to resign

NHS professionals have warned that the UK is racing towards the second wave of coronavirus with ministers concerned that the black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) community may once again be forced to “shoulder the burden of this pandemic” if a “plan of action” is not in place.

This warning from the Doctor’s Association of UK (DAUK) should be a red flag for the Health Secretary especially after 600 healthcare workers, a majority of them from BAME backgrounds, lost their lives during the first wave of coronavirus.


DAUK in the Guardian: Doctors warn ‘culture of fear’ in NHS could prevent whistleblowing

Doctors have warned that a “culture of fear” in the NHS may prevent life-saving lessons being learned about Covid-19 after a leading hospital consultant emailed scores of staff saying those responsible for “leaks” would be found and fired.

“Communications like this instil fear and are toxic,” said Dr Jenny Vaughan, law and policy officer at Doctors Association UK, said. “When things go wrong we have to make sure lessons are learned, and we have to feel able to speak up. It is always important to support staff who have concerns about safety and not make them feel they are working in a culture of fear.”