Eleven million patients have endured waits of more than three weeks to see a GP since Boris Johnson pledged to eradicate such delays, The Sunday Times has revealed. Dr Yaso Browne DAUK GP lead: “No GP wants to feel like they go in to work to firefight and deal with more patient contacts than is safe to do so but this is reality for many.”
Last year The Doctors’ Association UK Co-Founder Dr Samantha Batt-Rawden raised concerns regarding an article published in the American Journal of Emergency Medicine comparing first-pass intubation success of female and male physicians.
In a collaboration with doctors internationally Sammy co-authored a letter to the editor which was published in AJEM this month.
Listen to Dr Jenny Vaughan’s talk at SMACC 2019 on when healthcare becomes a crime. The talk is now available as a podcast with a video of the accompanying slides.
On the day of the general election results DAUK wrote to Boris Johnson with our key priorities for the NHS. The letter was signed by over 2000 doctors and published in The Daily Mirror. Key demands included funding for the NHS and social care, scrapping of the immigration health surcharge, scrapping the taper and annual allowance to fix the NHS pensions crisis and above inflation pay rises.
The letter, sent by the Doctors’ Association UK (DAUK) and signed by over 2,000 doctors - including 654 GPs and 312 GP trainees - highlights the devastating impact that 'years of underfunding' have had on the NHS.
Doctors are ‘working themselves into the ground’ to keep services afloat, it adds, warning that the haemorrhaging of frontline staff cannot continue.
We were delighted to be asked to contribute to the Women in Healthcare Leadership project. Last week, our immediate past Chair and Co-Founder Dr Samantha Batt-Rawden was number 10 in a list of influential women in healthcare.
This week an appalling image fo a 4 year old sleeping on a pile coats in A&E whilst on oxygen emerged. Dr Natalie Ashburner, DAUK Wellbeing Lead discussed this issue on her interview with Radio Aire. She reiterated the impossible circumstances in which doctors are working, and the impact of staff of not being able to give patients the care they deserve.