This morning a letter by Dr Rinesh Parmar of The Doctors’ Association UK was published in The Times in response to an article published last week entitled “Health service is chaotic and dysfunction, says NHS chief”. Whilst we all recognise areas in which the NHS can improve, stating that NHS staff have lost their vocation cannot be further from the everyday reality of frontline staff going the extra mile for patients. Read the full letter here.
The Doctors’ Association UK welcomes statements made ahead of the Secretary of State’s speech encouraging patients to adopt healthier lifestyles. However, we are concerned that such laudable statements do not tally with last week’s budget, suggesting yet more cuts to public health funding that covers prevention initiatives run by Public Health England. We understand Mr Hancock is not expected to announce any measures to aid health prevention, and therefore we must question how this will be funded.
The Doctors’ Association UK welcomes the resignation of Dr Arvind Madan following the revelation in Pulse magazine that inflammatory comments about GPs were posted by him online under the pseudonym Devil’sAdvocate. We are shocked and disappointed at this apparent lack of integrity from a leader in general practice.
This morning a letter by Dr Samantha Batt-Rawden of The Doctors’ Assocation UK was published in the Sunday Times in response to an article published last week entitled “Top midwife: Doctors ‘hopeless at childbirth’”. The letter attracted over 1600 signatures including that of patient safety expert James Titcombe. The letter can be found below in full and an edited version on The Sunday Times website.