Doctors' Association UK Chair Dr Rinesh Parmar represented the Association at a key roundtable meeting about the challenges of COVID-19 and whistleblowing in the NHS.
Join DAUKs Dr Jenny Vaughn next Monday on How to manage Doctors in difficulties and difficult behaviour
When: 28th September 2020
Where: Virtual conference (CPD certified)
How, sign up here: https://www.healthcareconferencesuk.co.uk/conferences-masterclasses/doctors-in-difficulty-and-difficult-behaviour
DAUK has been working with the National Guardian’s Office through our Learn Not Blame campaign. During the COVID-19 crisis DAUK repeatedly rang the alarm bell regarding reports of doctors being prevented from speaking up especially about concerns related to PPE. This week our Learn Not Blame and Protect the Frontline campaigns were features by the National Guardian.
Doctors have warned that a “culture of fear” in the NHS may prevent life-saving lessons being learned about Covid-19 after a leading hospital consultant emailed scores of staff saying those responsible for “leaks” would be found and fired.
“Communications like this instil fear and are toxic,” said Dr Jenny Vaughan, law and policy officer at Doctors Association UK, said. “When things go wrong we have to make sure lessons are learned, and we have to feel able to speak up. It is always important to support staff who have concerns about safety and not make them feel they are working in a culture of fear.”