DAUK in the Telegraph

“The guidelines have been watered down because of resource shortages and I worry that staff and patients have been put at risk as a result.”

DAUK Chair Dr Rinesh Parmar speaking to the Telegraph about how a lack of resources has led to a watering down of guidelines.

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DAUK in The Evening Standard: Doctors and campaigners launch High Court challenge against Government over PPE inquiry

Doctors and campaigners have launched a High Court challenge against the Government over its refusal to hold an urgent public inquiry into PPE shortages amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Scores of frontline healthcare workers have died while battling the Covid-19 crisis, while widespread complaints over PPE shortages for medics have been commonplace.

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The group, which is crowdfunding its case, says an inquiry which complies with Article 2 of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR), the right to life, should be automatic and is required in circumstances where those deaths and illnesses have been “caused or contributed to” by the state.

They also say such an investigation must take place “as soon as reasonably practicable” because there is an “urgent need to gather evidence and learn lessons” now, ahead of a possible second or third spike of infection.

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DAUK in the Guardian: UK ministers face legal challenge for refusal to order PPE inquiry

Ministers are facing a high court legal challenge after they refused to order an urgent investigation into the shortages of personal protective equipment faced by NHS staff during the pandemic. The case is being brought against Matt Hancock, the health and social care secretary, by the Doctors’ Association UK (DAUK), the Good Law Project headed by Jolyon Maugham QC and the charity Hourglass, which campaigns on issues involving care homes.

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DAUK in the Guardian: Doctor quits NHS over Dominic Cummings’ refusal to resign

Dr Dominic Pimenta has decided to resign because he fears that the behaviour of Boris Johnson’s chief adviser could help trigger a second wave of coronavirus and is angered by the government’s handling of the pandemic.

Dr Samantha Batt-Rawden, the president of the Doctors’ Association UK, said: “It is a tragedy to lose such a dedicated doctor from the NHS. Dr Pimenta’s reasons for quitting will no doubt resonate with the medical profession. Many doctors have been appalled at the government’s handling of the Covid-19 pandemic as the crisis has unfolded.

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DAUK on doctors.net: prime minister refuses to relent on NHS surcharge

"The Prime Minister will not relent on the levy of health surcharges on NHS and care workers from overseas, he said yesterday.

Mr Johnson's comments angered medical organisations, who have been pressing for improved recognition of the commitment of overseas health and care workers.

Pressed by Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer, Mr Johnson said: "I have thought a great deal about this, and I accept and understand the difficulties faced by our amazing NHS staff. I have been a personal beneficiary of carers who have come from abroad and frankly saved my life. I know exactly the importance of what he asks. On the other hand, we must look at the realities.
"This is a great national service—it is a national institution—that needs funding, and those contributions help us to raise about £900 million. It is very difficult in the current circumstances to find alternative sources."

Sir Keir said that a careworker, on the national living wage, would have to work 70 hours to pay the new surcharge rate of £624 a year, citing the Doctors' Association and other medical groups.
Doctors' Association president Dr Samantha Batt-Rawden said: "We know that BAME healthcare workers are at a higher risk of dying from COVID-19, yet our dedicated colleagues from overseas contribute to put their lives on the line to serve the NHS. The smallest recognition of this selfless act would be to scrap the surcharge for NHS and social care workers."

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