DAUK in BMJ: Scrap NHS fees for overseas healthcare staff, says Labour

We have written a letter to Priti Patel condemning the government's u-turn on the IHS (Immigration Health Surcharge) at a time of national crisis. DAUK’s letter was read at PMQs.

"Speaking at Questions to the Prime Minister on 20 May, Labour leader Keir Starmer said, “Every Thursday we go out and clap for our carers. Many of them are risking their lives for the sake of all of us.

“Does the prime minister think it’s right that care workers coming from abroad and working on our frontline should have to pay a surcharge of hundreds—sometimes thousands of pounds—to use the NHS themselves?”

In a letter sent on 18 May, the Doctors’ Association UK, the British Association of Physicians of Indian Origin, and the Association of Pakistani Physicians of Northern Europe criticised the home secretary’s decision not to review the surcharge.

The letter to Priti Patel said, “At a time when we are mourning colleagues, your steadfast refusal to reconsider the deeply unfair immigration health surcharge is a gross insult to all who are serving this country at its time of greatest need.

“Not only is this a betrayal of all these hardworking people, but also represents a deterrent to attracting talented and skilled workers to the UK—a stated aim of this government’s immigration policy.”"

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DAUK in The Daily Mirror:This Morning viewers rage as Matt Hancock brags NHS workers death rate and PPE were a success

"This Morning viewers were furious as they watched Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby quiz the Health Secretary Matt Hancock on Tuesday.

The government has been heavily criticised after frontline NHS workers claimed they did not have adequate PPE, but the MP insisted the death rate of 158 workers was a great success.

A shipment of PPE which was delayed was then found to not pass safety standards, while companies that created PPE said the government was not interested in buying it.

Images even circulated of doctors and nurses wearing makeshift PPE including raincoats to try to protect themselves.

Holly told the Health Secretary that the Doctors Association UK is demanding an enquiry into the failure to provide adequate PPE."

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DAUK in Stylist: “Thank Rosena Allin-Khan for advocating for doctors and NHS staff so eloquently

DAUK in Stylist: “Thank Rosena for advocating for doctors and NHS staff so eloquently,” The Doctors’ Association UK responded. “This is shameful from the Health Secretary.”

The article continues: "It’s safe to say that Dr Rosena Allin-Khan has been pretty busy during the coronavirus outbreak. Alongside managing her position as a Labour MP and Shadow Minister for Mental Health, Allin-Khan has returned to the NHS to support her colleagues on the frontline during the pandemic."

"Speaking of the impact the coronavirus outbreak has had on health workers across the country, Dr Allin-Khan returned to Parliament yesterday to ask questions of the Health Secretary Matt Hancock."

"But instead of shining a light on the realities of key workers facing the brunt of the coronavirus outbreak, her visit to Parliament has made headlines for a very different reason, after Hancock told Dr Allin-Khan to watch her tone when asking questions."

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DAUK on ITV News: NHS deaths from Covid-19 must have comprehensive inquests

Dr Katie Sanderson from the Doctors' Association UK says there are disturbing parallels with Hillsborough.

The Association, which represents doctors says only comprehensive inquests into the deaths of every NHS and care worker will give the bereaved the ability to ask questions and have the circumstances of their loved ones’ deaths fully explained.

There are also calls for a full public inquiry into the provision of PPE and the impact on healthcare professionals.

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DAUK in the BMJ: Covid-19: Coroners needn’t investigate PPE policy failures in deaths of NHS staff, new guidance says

Rinesh Parmar, chair of the Doctors Association UK, told the chief coroner in a letter, “The guidance you have issued appears to be contrary to the legal requirements imposed on coroners by statute.”

He added, “We are extremely concerned by your suggestion that coronavirus deaths of healthcare workers will not usually require investigation. We believe that it may deny grieving families the answers to which they are entitled.

“Unless inquests are opened in each case, vital evidence in relation to that individual case will not be preserved and the opportunity to find out what went wrong will be lost irretrievably. We invite you to review your guidance and to amend it to ensure that it properly reflects the legal position and that these bereaved families receive access to the investigative procedures to which they are entitled.”

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