what have dauk been up to recently?
Being deafblind, I was repeatedly told by so many not to even bother applying to university, let alone Medicine. Why? Because disabled people like me don’t get into higher education. This infuriated me. I was tired of society underestimating ‘us’, undervaluing us.
It’s been a busy in Medical Manslaughter land. I attach my DAUK commentary on the medical Manslaughter review out recently.
Five years ago, when I first started doing the appeal for David Sellu ( check out his new book “ Did He Save Lives? “via Foyles and Waterstones) I never dreamt of a day like this. A whole review has now essentially concluded that if any doctor is being lined up for criminal charges, it will now be expected that the setting in which they work will be equally scrutinised and that experts will have to consider if human factors like stress or fatigue were more to blame. All I could see then was darkness, a toxic hospital with its knives out and judgemental expert witnesses. Now we have moved forward and all of us here at DAUK applaud Leslie Hamilton and his panel for such an excellent set of 29 recommendations.
The lesson for me, is to follow the process ie where you have a legitimate patient safety concern... but I can legitimately say that I took all reasonable steps before going to the media. If I had got one piece of this puzzle wrong, my opponents would have had a field day.
Amandip Sidhu is a Learn Not Blame member and pharmacist. Tragically, Amandip lost his brother, a respected Consultant Cardiologist to suicide just a few months ago. In this heartbreaking and powerful guest blog for DAUK and the Compassionate Culture campaign, Amandip reflects on the “just get on with it” attitude of the NHS, and how we must move to kinder NHS that treats it’s staff with much needed compassion.
Dr Joanna Poole is an Anaesthetic trainee and a DAUK member. After sharing a blog on Twitter about wanting to quit medicine which went viral, Joanna has also been inundated with messages from fellow doctors who have found themselves in a similar situation. Now, Joanna has been invited to share her experiences with multiple Royal Colleges and Joanna is collating the responses she has received anonymously in the hope this will inspire a kinder NHS for our doctors. Joanna is a force for change and is a real example for what grassroots doctors can achieve when they speak up. We look forward to working with Joanna at DAUK.
“It’s not something we talk about or that everybody experiences to the same degree but I think most of us are affected, be it subconsciously or consciously by antiquated, competitive, hierarchical values. Revered doctors are those that work above and beyond the hours they are paid for, that come in even when they are sick, that prioritise work over their families, over sleep and their own health. Doctors that are kind and compassionate but that don’t allow themselves to be affected by their experiences. Doctors that would go from one cardiac arrest to the next without letting their judgement cloud or their actions falter.”