The Dr Keith Wolverson case: DAUK calls on the GMC to issue clear guidance to protect both doctors and patients

The Dr Keith Wolverson case: DAUK calls on the GMC to issue clear guidance to protect both doctors and patients

A GP has been referred to the GMC for asking a Muslim women to lift her veil during a consultation. The Doctors’ Association UK, who have obtained a copy of the fitness to practise referral, are now calling on the GMC to issue urgent guidelines to help protect both doctors and patients.

Currently, there is plentiful guidance for doctors and NHS staff who wear religious garments, and when patients can ask a treating clinician to remove them. However, no such guidance exists for the opposite situation.

Jenny Vaughan for the BMJ: The Bawa-Garba case should usher in a fairer culture in healthcare

Dr Jenny Vaughan, DAUK’s Law and Policy officer writes for the BMJ about the case which has rocked medicine more than any other in recent times. Read her analysis as the case draws to its conclusion. 

“When the General Medical Council (GMC) appealed for her to be struck off the medical register, it lit the blue touch paper for a whole generation of doctors working in very challenging conditions across the country. Many of these doctors were simply not prepared to accept the High Court’s subsequent verdict in January 2018 that Bawa-Garba should be erased from the medical register. And while the GMC’s appeal was initially successful, its pyrrhic victory was to be short lived. An unprecedented crowdfunding appeal raised more than £350 000 for Bawa-Garba to hire a new legal team and launch an appeal. In August 2018 the appeal court rejected the High Court’s decision to allow the GMC to erase Bawa-Garba’s name from the medical register.”

Read the full article here: 

 https://blogs.bmj.com/bmj/2019/05/09/jenny-vaughan-the-bawa-garba-case-should-usher-in-a-fairer-culture-in-healthcare/

 

 

DAUK in the BMJ on extra funding for rest facilities for doctors

DAUK in the BMJ on extra funding for rest facilities for doctors

Following the annoucement that Trusts in England will receive an extra £30-60K for improving rest facilities for doctors, DAUK was asked to comment with ideas on how the money could be best spent.

Our Chair, Dr Samantha Batt-Rawden said in the BMJ:

“Don’t forget doctors who cannot get to the mess. Satellite rest hubs could be considered for areas such as labour ward, neonatal, paediatric, and adult intensive care units, and emergency departments, where doctors may not be able to get away. Providing expressing facilities for breastfeeding mothers is an important but often neglected consideration. None of this is revolutionary, but getting the basics is important if we are to start treating doctors as human beings, not just numbers on the rota.”

DAUK attends House of Lords for roundtable on bullying and harassment in the NHS

DAUK attends House of Lords for roundtable on bullying and harassment in the NHS

The Doctors’ Association UK attended a roundtable meeting at the House of Lords this morning to address the growing concerns about bullying and harassment in the NHS. The meeting was organised by the General Medical Council (GMC), hosted by Dr Philippa Whitford MP and was attended by key stakeholders including Royal Colleges, NHS Employers, NHS Improvement, the BMA, MPs and Peers. Our members were represented by our Chair Dr Samantha Batt-Rawden, Vice-Chair Dr Rinesh Parmar who is leading our work on NHS bullying and undermining and our Law and Policy Lead Dr Jenny Vaughan. This meeting brought together various streams of our work including #NHSMeToo, #CompassionateCulture and #LearnNotBlame.

Dr Hadiza Bawa-Garba restored to the medical register and able to return to practice

Dr Hadiza Bawa-Garba restored to the medical register and able to return to practice

Today, there is widespread relief amongst the medical profession. However, the verdict is no cause for celebration. At the heart of this case is a child, Jack Adcock, who tragically lost his life to sepsis. Our hearts go out to the Adcock family as they continue to grief for Jack. When a child dies it is our duty as doctors to do all we can to prevent the same tragedy from occurring again. We strongly feel that scapegoating an individual doctor or clinician for human errors made whilst whilst working under enormous pressure, does not serve this purpose. Instead, the criminalisation of medical error creates a culture of fear and blame, where clinicians feel afraid to speak up, afraid to reflect, and afraid to learn when things go wrong. Therefore we welcome the verdict of the Medical Tribunal Practitioners Service today, who, after considering all the system failures and the context in which Dr Bawa-Garba made errors, has found her safe to return to medical practice.

DAUK joins anti-bullying alliance to eradicate bullying and undermining in the NHS

DAUK joins anti-bullying alliance to eradicate bullying and undermining in the NHS

The Doctors’ Association UK is proud to stand alongside the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and 23 other organisations in an alliance to eradicate workplace bullying.

The Guardian: Dossier reveals 'petty tortures' of NHS trainee doctors denied leave

The Guardian: Dossier reveals 'petty tortures' of NHS trainee doctors denied leave

This week we got in touch with DAUK member Dr Joanna Poole, an anaesthetic registrar whose post about wanting to quit medicine went viral on Twitter. DAUK were able to support Joanna and were able to help see this piece published in The Guardian on Joanna’s behalf. Now, Joanna is joining forces with DAUK to encourage doctors to speak out as part of DAUK’s #NHSMeToo campaign. Yesterday, we published a thread of such stories which has been widely shared, and has even been commented on and retweeted by the Health Secretary. Read The Guardian article here.

DAUK Chair Dr Samantha Batt-Rawden interviewed on ITV news about the potential impact of Brexit on our NHS

DAUK Chair Dr Samantha Batt-Rawden interviewed on ITV news about the potential impact of Brexit on our NHS

Yesterday Dr Samantha Batt-Rawden, our Chair gave her thoughts on Brexit in an interview with ITV news alongside Dr Chaand Nagpaul, Chair BMA Council.

Sammy spoke about the Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine’s (FICM) report Critical Capacity, which outlined that staffing of intensive care units in the UK is a national problem.