Dr Batt-Rawden gives keynote speech at Birkbeck College

On the 7th of December Dr Samantha Batt-Rawden DAUK Chair gave the keynote speech at an event held at Birkbeck College hosted in conjunction with the Association for Medical Humanities. Dr Batt-Rawden revisited the case of Dr Bawa-Garba, the events of the day Jack Adcock sadly lost his life, and discussed the role of the consultant and the GMC.

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Dr Cicely Cunningham speaks at Action against Medical Accidents AvMA conference

DAUK’s Learn Not Blame lead Dr Cicely Cunningham was invited to speak to clinical negligence solicitors discussing where professional accountability should start and end. This was followed by a panel discussion with the QC for the Professional Standards Authority who argued at Dr Hadiza Bawa-Garba’s appeal. Dr Cicely gave a thought provoking and powerful talk and promoted a stimulating discussion regarding a just culture in the NHS.

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PRESS RELEASE: Matt Hancock’s laudable statement that prevention is better than cure now needs to be backed up with real action and resources

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.

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Dr Jenny Vaughan wins first British International Doctors Association Award for outstanding services to BME doctors

 DAUK’s new Law and Policy Officer Dr Jenny Vaughan has won a prestigious award from the British International Doctors Association for her work in gross negligence manslaughter. Dr Jenny Vaughan has worked tirelessly on behalf of two BME doctors convicted of gross negligence manslaughter, David Sellu and Hadiza Bawa-Garba. DAUK are incredibly proud of Jenny, and her expertise in law particularly in how gross negligence manslaughter is applied in England is a real asset to DAUK. Well done Jenny!

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Would you like to join the DAUK committee and help with our social media?

DAUK are looking for a communications officer to join our executive committee. We are looking for a passionate individual to help run our social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter and we’ve even just signed up for an Instagram account!). A communications officer will also help with crafting our newsletter, and in writing and editing our news articles and our blog.

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