PRESS RELEASE: NHS doctors bullied to the brink, 600 medics speak out

The Doctors’ Association UK has compiled stories from 602 frontline doctors which expose a startling culture of bullying and overwork in the NHS. During the worst winter crisis on record DAUK has been inundated with stories from doctors, yet again, all attesting that conditions on the frontline have worsened, to the point they feel they have no option but to leave the NHS. With so little regard for doctors’ wellbeing it cannot come as a surprise that we have nearly 10,000 vacancies across the frontlines.

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PRESS RELEASE: the private sector must learn as a whole from mistakes made in the case of rogue surgeon Ian Paterson

Today, as the report of the independent inquiry is announced, The Doctors’ Association UK (DAUK) calls on the private sector as whole to learn from mistakes made in allowing Ian Paterson to continue operating seemingly unchecked. Whilst this will be of little comfort for the patients and families that have been affected, we hope that the recommendations made will go some way to preventing such a tragedy from occurring again.

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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.

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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. 

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PRESS RELEASE: DAUK welcomes GMC commissioned review into the wellbeing of doctors and medical students

The Doctors’ Association UK welcomes the publication of the GMC commissioned wellbeing review “Caring for doctors caring for patients”. The findings of the report, reinforces and reiterates what doctors have been saying for many years about the links between workplace stress, doctors’ health and the quality of care provided to patients. 

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