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.'


DAUK letter in GP Online: Over 1000 GPs sign letter from 2000 doctor to Boris Johnson warning the NHS is on its knees

The letter, sent by the Doctors’ Association UK (DAUK) and signed by over 2,000 doctors - including 654 GPs and 312 GP trainees - highlights the devastating impact that 'years of underfunding' have had on the NHS.

Doctors are ‘working themselves into the ground’ to keep services afloat, it adds, warning that the haemorrhaging of frontline staff cannot continue.