DAUK’s Dr Vinesh Patel and Dr Elizabeth Toberty ask hard-hitting questions at Independent SAGE meeting

Dr Vinesh Patel and Dr Elizabeth Toberty of the DAUK's GP Committee ask hard-hitting questions at the Independent SAGE meeting on 19th November 2020. They ask 2 important questions. Dr Patel asks about the data behind the efficacy and safety of the Covid-19 vaccine, and what GPs should be saying to counsel patients who ask if they should get it now, or wait for a different vaccine. Dr Toberty's question was regarding the already overflowing workload in primary care, and what will have to give in order for the vaccination programme to be delivered in the way it is currently being advertised. She asks if this is appropriate considering the rising excess mortality from Covid-19 and the disruption in service from 2 lockdowns. Watch the clip to find out the answers from Independent SAGE, let us know your thoughts. If you support DAUK: Become a member: https://www.dauk.org/membership Donate: https://www.gofundme.com/f/NHEppefundraiser


TED talk: Dr Samantha Batt-Rawden Co-Founder of DAUK reveals how tough things are for frontline doctors

How can we maintain our doctors empathy? In her TED talk Sammy reframes the burnout debate and explains that doctors are suffering from moral injury, the psychological harm that occurs when doctors cannot give patients the care they deserve due to system pressures. Sammy also speaks openly and honestly about her experience of being on the other side on the NHS as an A&E and ICU registrar when her son was born at 27 weeks and spent 3 months in intensive care. Determined to fight for the NHS Sammy founded The Doctors’ Association UK during her maternity leave. Watch her talk here.


DAUK at EMTA 2019 in closing debate: this house believes resilience is rubbish

Our immediate past-Chair and Co-Director Dr Samantha Batt-Rawden attended the Emergency Medicine Trainee Association Conference with Dr Robert Hirst, DAUK Secretary, and spoke in the closing debate arguing for the motion that ‘Resilience is Rubbish’.

Speaking to EM trainees and the Royal College of Emergency Medicine alongside EMTA rep Dr Mark Winstanley, Sammy argued passionately that the resilience movement puts too much blame on individuals whilst “allowing organisations off the hook” for putting doctors in poor working environment.