Dr Rinesh Parmar, the chair of the Doctors’ Association UK, said: “Staff fear that the publication of the report is being further delayed as it may make difficult reading for the trust’s chief executive who the health secretary has previously championed.”
DAUK has been working with the National Guardian’s Office through our Learn Not Blame campaign. During the COVID-19 crisis DAUK repeatedly rang the alarm bell regarding reports of doctors being prevented from speaking up especially about concerns related to PPE. This week our Learn Not Blame and Protect the Frontline campaigns were features by the National Guardian.
Almost half of healthcare workers questioned as part of a survey by the Doctors’ Association UK said they had been effectively gagged from raising concerns. Some 47% of respondents said they had been told not to raise the issue on social media. A similar number said they had been warned about speaking to the press during the pandemic.