Doctors' Association UK Chair Dr Rinesh Parmar represented the Association at a key roundtable meeting about the challenges of COVID-19 and whistleblowing in the NHS.
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Dr Jenny Vaughan, DAUKs Law & Policy lead is interviewed by Andrew Castle on LBC about our latest survey which reveals over a 1000 doctors are planning on leaving the NHS due to the government’s failure to value the profession during Covid-19.
Doctors have warned that a “culture of fear” in the NHS may prevent life-saving lessons being learned about Covid-19 after a leading hospital consultant emailed scores of staff saying those responsible for “leaks” would be found and fired.
“Communications like this instil fear and are toxic,” said Dr Jenny Vaughan, law and policy officer at Doctors Association UK, said. “When things go wrong we have to make sure lessons are learned, and we have to feel able to speak up. It is always important to support staff who have concerns about safety and not make them feel they are working in a culture of fear.”
Health and social care workers could be asked to volunteer to look after people with Covid-19 without wearing protective equipment in the event of extreme shortages, according to proposals seen by the Guardian.
Dr Jenny Vaughan, law and policy lead at the Doctors’ Association, said: “Nobody should be put at unnecessary risk just for going in and doing their job.”
Almost half of healthcare workers questioned as part of a survey by the Doctors’ Association UK said they had been effectively gagged from raising concerns. Some 47% of respondents said they had been told not to raise the issue on social media. A similar number said they had been warned about speaking to the press during the pandemic.