After conducting a serious incident investigation into a patient’s treatment, West Suffolk allegedly threatened senior medics with possible disciplinary action if they failed to give their fingerprints and samples of their handwriting to find the whistleblower. DAUK Chair Dr Rinesh Parmar responds to this news in The Guardian.
DAUK were delighted to be asked to be filmed for a new documentary for The Canary on how NHS cuts and creeping privatisation has affected the NHS and it’s staff. Interviewed alongside other healthcare staff and campaigners Dr Yaso Browne speaks about the reality of working in today’s NHS. She explores the impact skeleton staffing on waiting times and patient safety, as well as discussing the impact of under-resourcing on doctors and healthcare professionals.
Doctors have been clear that the only solution is scrapping the taper and annual allowance for the NHS pension. These panicked short-term proposals will not fix the problem, and by the Health Secretary’s own words may even amount to tax avoidance. Our poll shows that consultants do not trust this government’s hurried promises that they will one-day be repaid their tax bills on retirement, and that an overwhelming majority of respondents said this proposal would not encourage them to resume extra work over the winter.
This latest announcement – at best a stopgap – smacks of an electioneering gambit to deflect criticism of the Conservative party, who are solely responsible for this crisis. Given this government’s history on pensions reform, and its leader’s perceived casual relationship with the truth, we cannot recommend to members and colleagues that they deplete their pension pots on a hurried promise they’ll be topped up one day in the future. Doctors should continue to take steps to reduce their commitments where necessary to avoid punitive tax bills
Our immediate past-Chair and Co-Director Dr Samantha Batt-Rawden attended the Emergency Medicine Trainee Association Conference with Dr Robert Hirst, DAUK Secretary, and spoke in the closing debate arguing for the motion that ‘Resilience is Rubbish’.
Speaking to EM trainees and the Royal College of Emergency Medicine alongside EMTA rep Dr Mark Winstanley, Sammy argued passionately that the resilience movement puts too much blame on individuals whilst “allowing organisations off the hook” for putting doctors in poor working environment.