The biggest review to date of the UK’s response to coronavirus was published today. The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) was set up in July to conduct a rapid inquiry into…
DAUK warns that given the complexity of the COVID-19 vaccination process, practices will need more support than has currently been offered. A statement from the group says: 'We have seen the significant funds that the government has pumped into other areas including the private sector, for services such as Track and Trace. The funding that has been allocated from current plans is hugely insufficient and significantly lower in comparison.' DAUK GP committee member Dr Lizzie Toberty said: 'A vaccine delivery programme is vital for the country to recover from the pandemic. Primary care is the best-placed service with the expertise and knowledge to deliver the vaccine safely and efficiently. 'However, there must be adequate resources made available to do this. We urgently need funding to renovate buildings, provide adequate PPE, and enough staff to administer the vaccine safely. It must also be recognised that primary care needs to continue all of our vital, routine work too. 'We must prevent a repetition of the mistakes this country has suffered as a consequence of the underperforming Test and Trace programme. The current plans are not sufficient to give GPs a fighting chance to participate effectively in the vaccine programme.'
Britain's chancellor has the unenviable job of planning how to spend the country's money against a backdrop of an economy devastated by the COVID crisis and huge job losses. Dr. Ellen Welch, who sits on a committee of the Doctors' Association U.K. (DAUK), tells Newsweek that if a potential pay freeze does hit those working within the NHS it "will come as a huge kick in the teeth for staff morale".
Dr Vinesh Patel and Dr Elizabeth Toberty of the DAUK's GP Committee ask hard-hitting questions at the Independent SAGE meeting on 19th November 2020. They ask 2 important questions. Dr Patel asks about the data behind the efficacy and safety of the Covid-19 vaccine, and what GPs should be saying to counsel patients who ask if they should get it now, or wait for a different vaccine. Dr Toberty's question was regarding the already overflowing workload in primary care, and what will have to give in order for the vaccination programme to be delivered in the way it is currently being advertised. She asks if this is appropriate considering the rising excess mortality from Covid-19 and the disruption in service from 2 lockdowns. Watch the clip to find out the answers from Independent SAGE, let us know your thoughts. If you support DAUK: Become a member: https://www.dauk.org/membership Donate: https://www.gofundme.com/f/NHEppefundraiser