New Health Secretary urged to prioritise healthcare staff concerns

Head and shoulders photo of new Health Secretary Victoria Atkins
Victoria Atkins has been appointed as is the new Health Secretary

The Doctors Association UK (DAUK) has urged the new Health Secretary to work with healthcare professionals on the critical issues they’re facing.

DAUK welcomed Victoria Atkins MP to her new role and called on her to engage more effectively and meaningfully with frontline staff in the NHS.

Ms Atkins replaces Steve Barclay MP, who has moved to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. 

Ms Helen Fernandes, co-chair of DAUK, said: “Our primary aim is to ensure the NHS receives the support it needs to continue providing excellent care to patients across the country.

“During his tenure, Steve Barclay failed to address several critical issues raised by healthcare professionals.

“Our concerns regarding pay, working conditions, and the regulation and scope of roles such as physician associates and anaesthesia associates were not adequately met.

“These issues are paramount in ensuring the quality and safety of patient care, as well as maintaining the morale and retention of healthcare staff.

“We call on Victoria Atkins to prioritise these concerns and work collaboratively with the DAUK and other healthcare bodies.

“Our focus remains steadfast on protecting the NHS and ensuring it remains a world-leading healthcare service.

“We stand ready to engage in productive dialogue and action to achieve these goals.”