DAUK in The Huffington Post: Boris Johnson Says We’re Better Prepared For A Second Covid-19 Wave – Is He Right?

Ahead of that announcement, Dr Sophie Rowlands – who sits on the GP advisory board of the Doctors’ Association UK – said there was a “fairly stable” supply of PPE.

However, she said that government failings during the pandemic had undermined doctors’ confidence in ministers and their assurances.

“I think at the moment confidence in the government is at an all-time low,” Rowlands said.

“We were promised a ‘world-beating’ test and trace system, which has failed to materialise.


DAUK in The Guardian: ‘We feel insulted’: migrant health workers on PM’s refusal to scrap NHS surcharge

Morale has been "decimated" by the government's refusal to remove the Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS), at a time when overseas healthcare workers are working harder than ever in our NHS.

"Dr Samantha Batt-Rawden, president of the Doctors' Association UK said: “The Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS) for NHS workers is a cruel and unnecessary policy which must be scrapped. These surcharges, which run into the thousands for a family of four, can be crippling for frontline NHS workers. Doctors from overseas have told us that this policy has made them feel unwelcome in the UK. The fact that the charge has been increased even further during the Covid pandemic has decimated morale amongst our overseas workforce.“

”We were grateful to Sir Keir Starmer for reading out our letter to the Home Office at PMQs today and would welcome an amendment to the Immigration Bill to exempt NHS healthcare workers from the surcharge.” "