Dr Natalie Ashburner on Radio Aire discussing pressures on A&Es as picture of 4 year old sleeping on the floor on oxygen emerges

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.

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The Canary: DAUK’s Dr Yaso Browne interviewed for a documentary for The Canary on the NHS

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.

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The Financial Times: DAUK survey on pensions shows that consultants do not trust the latest ‘promises’ that the government will pay back their tax bills on retirement.

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.

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The Guardian: DAUK criticises this government’s handling of the NHS pensions tax crisis

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

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