PRESS RELEASE: The GMC’s serious error of judgement in aggressively pursuing Dr Hadiza Bawa-Garba has set the safety culture back decades

‘The GMC’s aggressive pursuit of an otherwise highly regarded doctor, against the advice of the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service (MPTS), that has prompted widespread outrage amongst doctors. This serious error of judgement on the part of Mr Charlie Massey, which was also criticised by the Professional Standards Authority, has led to an unprecedented loss of confidence in the regulator by the medical profession.’

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PRESS RELEASE: the government’s response to the DDRB report

The Doctors’ Association UK is dismayed to read the written statement to Parliament this morning by the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, on the pay award for 2018-19 for doctors in England. Once again, doctors are left angry, disappointed and feeling undervalued. The new Secretary of State spoke less than a week ago about ‘valuing, admiring and fighting for NHS staff’. Unfortunately, today’s announcement could not be further from that.

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PRESS RELEASE: 1 in 4 doctors burnt out according to GMC survey

The Doctors’ Association UK (DAUK) is saddened to hear the results of the initial findings report of the GMC National Training Survey 2018. It details what junior doctors have been saying for many years, that they are burnt out, exhausted and often work beyond their rostered hours. In addition to this around a third of doctors reported that they had missed training opportunities due to rota gaps. At the time of the junior doctors contract dispute, grassroots doctors warned of burn out, understaffing and a lack of good quality training opportunities.

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PRESS RELEASE: Urgent action is needed from the Home Secretary to ensure hundreds of doctors do not lose their jobs

The Doctors’ Association UK (DAUK) welcomes the news of the Home Office relaxing its immigration restrictions on doctors applying for tier 2 visas. We believe this is long overdue and look forward keenly to the specifics of how these changes are to be implemented. However, we are concerned that it has taken this length of time to announce a change in policy, given that caps have been hit for many months now and the NHS is facing widespread vacancies, numbering some 10,000 for doctors.

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PRESS RELEASE: DAUK responds to Williams review report

The Doctors’ Association UK welcomes the report of the Williams review into gross negligence manslaughter in healthcare. In particular, we welcome the recommendation that the General Medical Council (GMC) loses the right to appeal the decisions of the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service, and also that regulators, including the GMC, will lose their power to request reflective practice material as part of Fitness to Practise investigations.

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