Today we’re joined by public health and medical sociology professor David Blane, to discuss the rise in the state pension age, the effect of work in later life on health, and the changing perceptions of key workers since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.
Category: DiU and Unite
Over the next few weeks we’ll be sharing a new podcast with you, where we’ll discuss the coronavirus pandemic, the government’s response, and what might happen next. We’ll interview doctors and senior health figures, and try to gain some insight into this unprecedented situation.
The UK government has asked the General Medical Council to contact doctors who have retired within the last six years and grant them temporary registration, a licence to practice and return to the GP performers list or secondary care equivalent. Without consulting the individuals concerned the GMC passed their details to local health services. Tens […]
Treatment without prejudice We believe that all people are of equal value. Whether old or young, rich or poor, disabled or not disabled, we all share a common humanity. This was true before the coronavirus pandemic, and it remains true today. Coronavirus is affecting different people in different ways. Many have a mild illness, but […]
In response to Covid-19, Doctors in Unite urges the government to:
• Extend day-one sick pay to those on zero hours contracts, in the “gig-economy” and self-employed members of society
• Ensure that workers are not under pressure to attend work while they are unwell and may inadvertently pass on the disease: both financially and in regards to staffing.
• Allow the NHS to requisite private health care facilities to accommodate effective Covid-19 treatment and quarantine provision if needed
The junior doctors strikes of 2015 were in response to an unprecedented attack on doctorsʼ working conditions, unequal pay and unsafe demands by then Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt. Now, Doctors in Unite stands in proud solidarity with the striking educators, lecturers and researchers in the University and College Union, who have stood shivering on picket […]
The annual NHS winter crisis is now a continuous crisis. The latest performance figures for emergency departments are the worst ever and waiting lists continue to increase. The government has promised much, but there is little hope this will translate into real improvement. The situation continues to worsen due to chronic underfunding of health and […]
The UK’s oldest medical trade union has denounced the assassination of Iranian General Qassem Soleimani. Doctors in Unite chair Dr Jackie Applebee said she was “appaled” by the killing, citing fears that this would “further destabilise the Middle East” and “set off a chain of tit for tat actions that will lead to the deaths […]