PRESS RELEASE: the private sector must learn as a whole from mistakes made in the case of rogue surgeon Ian Paterson

Today, as the report of the independent inquiry is announced, The Doctors’ Association UK (DAUK) calls on the private sector as whole to learn from mistakes made in allowing Ian Paterson to continue operating seemingly unchecked. Whilst this will be of little comfort for the patients and families that have been affected, we hope that the recommendations made will go some way to preventing such a tragedy from occurring again.

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TED talk: Dr Samantha Batt-Rawden Co-Founder of DAUK reveals how tough things are for frontline doctors

How can we maintain our doctors empathy? In her TED talk Sammy reframes the burnout debate and explains that doctors are suffering from moral injury, the psychological harm that occurs when doctors cannot give patients the care they deserve due to system pressures. Sammy also speaks openly and honestly about her experience of being on the other side on the NHS as an A&E and ICU registrar when her son was born at 27 weeks and spent 3 months in intensive care. Determined to fight for the NHS Sammy founded The Doctors’ Association UK during her maternity leave. Watch her talk here.

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DAUK on BBC Newsnight: the whole system is broken

The winter crisis in the NHS is only set to get worse, as doctors across the UK continually express their concern about keeping patients safe under such pressured conditions. Bed pressures, compounded by a lack of social care, are leading to longer waits in A&E, with more patients waiting over 12 hours for a bed. This dire situation has meant that now urgent operations, including for cancer, are being cancelled. Dr Jenny Vaughan DAUK’s Law and Policy Lead speaks to BBC Newsnight.

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