DAUK in The Independent: Coronavirus has exposed a number of problems with the NHS – skills and funds must be better distributed

A recent Doctors’ Association survey found that more than 1,000 doctors have seriously considered quitting this year, with 45 per cent of those asked citing the crisis’ impact on their mental health. Gruelling 12-hour shifts, exhaustion and burnout are also leading growing numbers of nurses to quit within three years of joining the profession.


DAUK in The Independent: GP consultations should now happen on phone or online, Matt Hancock announces

Matt Hancock has announced all future GP consultations in England should be done remotely over the phone or video unless there is a “compelling” clinical reason for in-person appointments.

Dr Rinesh Parmar, chair of the Doctor’s Association UK, said the health secretary’s announcement “is certainly not the wonder drug to cure the ills of general practice”, adding: “Whilst it may be convenient way for some patients to fit in appointments around busy schedules, remote appointments will almost certainly be a barrier for vulnerable groups such as the elderly and impoverished in society”.


DAUK in the Independent: Boris Johnson fails to say when pledge to scrap NHS fees for foreign staff will come into force

Boris Johnson has failed to say when his promise to scrap NHS fees paid by foreign health and care workers will come into force – almost one month after it was announced.

his week, it was revealed that hundreds of doctors are still being charged the £400 annual fee, a sum due to soar from to £624 from this October.

Dr Dolin Bhagawati, of Doctors' Association UK, said: “These workers are paying up to four times over for the NHS – through their service, taxes, this surcharge and, in some tragic cases, with their lives.