DAUK in The Guardian: hospital’s fingerprint hunt for whistleblower

Last month DAUK and the Guardian revealed that the anonymous letter had prompted an unprecedented “witch-hunt” by the hospital bosses to try to identify the staff member who had sent the letter. This week the Guardian further revealed that the trust had spent more than £2,500 on handwriting and fingerprint experts. DAUK Chair Dr Rinesh Parmar speaks to The Guardian as the inquest is adjourned.


PRESS RELEASE: A&E waiting times the worst on record as 30% of doctors report being burnt out

NHS England figures release today show that A&E performance is at record low in England. In December, just 79.8% of patients were seen in the Emergency Department within 4 hours, down from 81.4% the month before. This comes following revelations last month that for the first time every major A&E department had failed to hit it’s four hour waiting target in England. 


PRESS RELEASE: Royal Cornwall Hospital doctors will not put patients at risk

In an email sent to senior clinicians the Royal Cornwall has encouraged doctors to discharge patients before they are ready. This is despite the fact that the Trust has admitted these patients could come to harm, stating that this is a ‘proportionate risk’. Whilst frontline doctors are all too aware of the pressures Trusts are under in the middle of a staffing crisis and a shortage of beds, doctors cannot stand by and watch patients being put at risk.


Dr Samantha Batt-Rawden for The Sunday Times: empathy “beaten out” of doctors

Following an article published last week suggesting that doctors need communication skills lesson due to evidence of a loss empathy during training DAUK was asked to respond.

DAUK Co-Founder Dr Samantha Batt-Rawden who has authored a number of research papers on empathy decline in doctors and medical students wrote this letter to the Editor, published today in The Sunday Times:


Dr Samantha Batt-Rawden for AJEM: Women should not have to prove their non-inferiority

Last year The Doctors’ Association UK Co-Founder Dr Samantha Batt-Rawden raised concerns regarding an article published in the American Journal of Emergency Medicine comparing first-pass intubation success of female and male physicians.

In a collaboration with doctors internationally Sammy co-authored a letter to the editor which was published in AJEM this month.


Season’s Greetings

Many of us will be looking forward to spending time with our friends and families over the festive period. This is a time where we can catch up with people we may not have seen for a while, reminiscing about happy times gone by. Whilst we do this over the next few days, we must spare a thought for the thousands of dedicated NHS staff who will be at work. They’ll be caring for our loved ones, the vulnerable and sick by providing essential care for patients across the country.