DAUK’s Dr Elizabeth Toberty on the COVID-19 vaccination in ‘GP Online’

DAUK warns that given the complexity of the COVID-19 vaccination process, practices will need more support than has currently been offered. A statement from the group says: 'We have seen the significant funds that the government has pumped into other areas including the private sector, for services such as Track and Trace. The funding that has been allocated from current plans is hugely insufficient and significantly lower in comparison.' DAUK GP committee member Dr Lizzie Toberty said: 'A vaccine delivery programme is vital for the country to recover from the pandemic. Primary care is the best-placed service with the expertise and knowledge to deliver the vaccine safely and efficiently. 'However, there must be adequate resources made available to do this. We urgently need funding to renovate buildings, provide adequate PPE, and enough staff to administer the vaccine safely. It must also be recognised that primary care needs to continue all of our vital, routine work too. 'We must prevent a repetition of the mistakes this country has suffered as a consequence of the underperforming Test and Trace programme. The current plans are not sufficient to give GPs a fighting chance to participate effectively in the vaccine programme.'

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DAUK in Newsweek: What’s in U.K. Spending Review for the Next Year of COVID Crisis?

Britain's chancellor has the unenviable job of planning how to spend the country's money against a backdrop of an economy devastated by the COVID crisis and huge job losses. Dr. Ellen Welch, who sits on a committee of the Doctors' Association U.K. (DAUK), tells Newsweek that if a potential pay freeze does hit those working within the NHS it "will come as a huge kick in the teeth for staff morale".

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DAUK in the mirror: Serco to make £165m profit after being paid to operate ‘shambolic’ test and trace

Outsourcing firm Serco has announced its profits are set to soar after being paid to operate NHS Test and Trace. The company announced that extra cash could be funnelled to shareholders in the week the performance of the part-privatised contact tracing system hit a new low. Campaigners have labelled the profit alert “obscene” while a group of independent scientists have called for the contact tracing system to be “dismantled”.

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DAUK reacts to the NHS Confederation report on the “Triple Whammy” from coronavirus

The Doctors’ Association UK echoes the concern of the NHS confederation report “NHS reset” with regards to the “triple whammy” that threatens the NHS. Frontline NHS workers have been concerned about the combination of local coronavirus outbreaks, a second wave of COVID-19 and an ever-increasing backlog of NHS patients needing planned treatment such as surgery creating a health timebomb. DAUK raised these issues at its recent oral submission to the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Coronavirus.

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