DAUK in Pulse

DAUK in Pulse on our call for a public inquiry in addition to coroner’s inquests into every healthcare worker death

“The Doctors’ Association UK is calling for there to be a coroner’s inquest into each and every death of a healthcare worker to Covid-19, looking at factors including PPE”.

Over 90,000 people have signed its petition supporting the call, after guidance was issued to coroners suggesting that PPE provision should not be considered as part of a coroner’s inquest into a death of a healthcare worker

Dr Katie Sanderson, a frontline NHS doctor and a DAUK committee member said: ‘It is really important if we are to honour our colleagues who have died, that we ensure that the circumstances around these deaths are investigated properly and thoroughly.

‘We do not feel that there has been a meaningful commitment on this to date. At DAUK we have called for a public enquiry to examine relevant aspects of public policy, including the evidence used to formulate PHE PPE guidance. We are also calling for inquests to be opened into deaths of all frontline healthcare workers and carers, to ensure that the local conditions leading to these are understood, and that families have the opportunity to ask questions about these.’