Doctors in Unite support the action of Extinction Rebellion in London April 21-24, (“The Big One”) demanding urgent action to tackle the climate change crisis. We have no confidence in the profit-driven energy, oil and other corporations to change course, nor in the Tory government to prioritise the climate catastrophe above short term profiteering. Starmer’s […]
Dr Nabarro’s recent comment that Covid-19 is primarily a droplet-borne infection flies in the face of overwhelming international scientific consensus that the pandemic is driven by airborne transmission of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Despite airborne transmission being accepted as the dominant mode of spread in almost every other arena, within official infection prevention and control (IPC) […]
Jack is as long standing member of Doctors in Unite and a regional representative of the union. He was interviewed by BBC Radio Sheffield’s Paulette Edwards about his career in General Practice, the problems facing GPs today, and Sheffield SOS NHS. From 14.18 – 33.40: link here.
Doctors in Unite passed the following motion on 22 January 2023, to be submitted to the Unite Policy Conference in July 2023. This conference recognises that: Unite policies include a number of controversial and unproven technologies, often promoted by vested interests, for example: This conference acknowledges that NO NEW fossil fuels should be extracted if […]
I Always Thought I’d Live
Kevin Higgins was a socialist and satirical poet. He was born in England to Irish parents and moved to live in Galway in the west of Ireland in the 1990s. He was the poet in residence at the Merlin Park Hospital in the city. He died of leukaemia in 2022. This was his last poem, […]
The founding principles of the NHS have long been under attack, but now it seems that some politicians from both Conservative and Labour parties are predicting its impending collapse unless radically reformed. The latter, of course, involves diverting even more money to health care and insurance companies, and propping up a small, inefficient and often […]
The NHS can’t take austerity 2.0
Dr John Puntis tells it like it is in this article in Tribune Magazine. The NHS is on its knees, and the government’s remedy is more austerity. Make no mistake this is deliberate, cold eyed destruction of our most cherished national institution, and at the same time social murder of the working class. The article […]
Resist NHS migrant charges.
If you’re a health worker, please challenge these charges wherever you come across them. If you’d like to join the campaign to support the right of everyone to NHS care, contact Patients not Passports or the Migrant Support Group at Medact. The following motion was passed unanimously at a recent DiU meeting. Doctors in UNITE […]
Dr Coral Jones proposed and Dr Louise Irvine seconded a motion defending the NHS and calling for an end to all privatisation within the NHS, at the recent Labour Party conference. The resolution was carried unanimously. Their speeches can be seen here, from 47 minutes. The motion Conference notes: 12 years of Conservative underfunding, neglect […]
Dr David Widgery
This year is the 30th anniversary of the premature death of Dr David Widgery, a committed doctor, socialist and anti-racist campaigner. On 28 September 2022, a memorial meeting was held at St Ann’s Church in London’d East End. A video recording of the meeting is available here. Speakers include Dr Kambiz Boomla and Dr Anna […]