Doctors have launched judicial review proceedings after the government decided not to open an inquiry into failures to provide adequate personal protective equipment (PPE) for frontline workers. On 8 June, the Doctors’ Association UK (DAUK), in conjunction with the Good Law Project, a not-for-profit membership organisation, and elder abuse charity Hourglass, instructed solicitors to start the legal challenge.
Almost half of healthcare workers questioned as part of a survey by the Doctors’ Association UK said they had been effectively gagged from raising concerns. Some 47% of respondents said they had been told not to raise the issue on social media. A similar number said they had been warned about speaking to the press during the pandemic.