Following months of lobbying by DAUK Government ministers have asked medical examiners in England and Wales to review all deaths of frontline health and social care staff from COVID-19.
Ministers are facing a high court legal challenge after they refused to order an urgent investigation into the shortages of personal protective equipment faced by NHS staff during the pandemic. The case is being brought against Matt Hancock, the health and social care secretary, by the Doctors’ Association UK (DAUK), the Good Law Project headed by Jolyon Maugham QC and the charity Hourglass, which campaigns on issues involving care homes.
Boris Johnson has agreed to exempt health and care workers from the NHS surcharge. The climbdown came after Tory backbenchers said they would support Labour’s effort to force the government’s hand. The row broke out on Monday when the Doctor’s Association UK wrote to Priti Patel, the home secretary, urging the government to abandon the surcharge, which it described as “an insult to all who are serving this country at its time of greatest need”.
Over 100,000 people have now signed our letter to Boris Johnson demanding a full public inquiry into healthcare worker deaths and PPE, in addition to Coroner’s inquests into each death.
The Telegraph celebrates 100 years of inspirational frontline female medics and interviews Dr Samantha Batt-Rawden DAUK President and intensive care doctor.
Dr Samantha Batt-Rawden DAUK President says “you wouldn’t send a soldier into war without helmet, why are you sending doctors and nurses onto the frontline with a flimsy plastic apron”