Could we have saved more lives with better PPE?
This is the question we will be asking the UK government in court.
DAUK was founded in response to Hadiza Bawa-Garba’s case. Where a junior doctor was thrown under the bus for systemic failures which were roundly ignored. The system was never held to account.
Not this time
We first sounded the alarm far back as February. We were told time and time that ‘the NHS is well prepared for Coronavirus’. But doctors told us they were worried.
It has since become abundantly clear that those fears were well founded. We have spent the last 3 months fighting tooth and nail for more PPE for doctors. Tragically, over 200 healthcare workers have already lost their lives. It seems likely that a lack of PPE will have contributed to one or more of these deaths.
Last week we received advice from the Chief Coroner who suggested that coroners should not be considering systemic failures in PPE provision in inquests.
We are really concerned about this. Such an approach will deny grieving families from getting the answers they will so desperately need. We also worry that systemic factors will be ignored leading to blame for local trusts, whilst the government to remain unaccountable.
So what now?
Over 100,000 people signed our letter to Boris Johnson asking for a full public inquiry into healthcare worker deaths and PPE failures, in addition to a coroner’s inquest into every healthcare worker death. It is now over 3 weeks later and we have still not had a response.
For these reasons we have decided to partner with the Good Law Project and have instructed a top legal firm.
Working with bereaved families of doctors and frontline healthcare workers we are asking for a full, judge-led public inquiry into healthcare worker deaths to specifically include the government’s failure to procure PPE. This is in addition to a Coroner’s inquest into each and every healthcare worker deaths.
We have already sent our letter to the government. This is happening, and it’s happening fast.
How can you help?
The Good Law Project are very kindly raising the costs for the case, but we need you to chip in.
We will aiming to consult with our members as to the terms of reference for this inquiry. Please join us now to have a say about what is included.
If you’d like to donate to the DAUK crowdfund please do so here
We will keep you updated every step of the the way.