Blanket DNACPRs are not the solution for panicked healthcare rationing

The rising death rate from COVID-19 and the pressure of the pandemic on a weakened NHS have caused warranted anxiety. There were reports from Italy of rationing, when life saving equipment was simply unavailable for some sick patients, and difficult triage decisions had to be made by doctors. Many deaths in the UK are occurring … Continue reading Blanket DNACPRs are not the solution for panicked healthcare rationing

Thoughtlessly placed DNARs do harm to patients and doctors

Doctors in Unite reiterate our opposition to any scoring system being used as a blanket cut-off to people accessing hospital care. We understand that conversations with patients about their wishes with regard to treatment and end of life care can be very helpful to ensure dignity in dying, but these must be undertaken with the … Continue reading Thoughtlessly placed DNARs do harm to patients and doctors

Matt Hancock offered to auction his football shirt for the NHS – we need proper funding, not charity gimmicks

Doctors in Unite would like to remind the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care that the NHS is not a charity but a government funded health service, set up in 1948 with the specific intention to remove health care from the precarious state of reliance on income or beneficence. Matt Hancock has his … Continue reading Matt Hancock offered to auction his football shirt for the NHS – we need proper funding, not charity gimmicks

Government ineptitude has undoubtedly led to many unnecessary deaths – they must be held to account

Richard Horton, respected editor of the medical journal ‘the Lancet’, aptly summed up the current pandemic in the following words: “Coronavirus is the greatest global science policy failure in a generation. Austerity blunted the ambition and commitment of government to protect its people. The objective was to diminish the size and role of the state. … Continue reading Government ineptitude has undoubtedly led to many unnecessary deaths – they must be held to account

Doctors in Unite statement on payouts for those who die in service with COVID-19

It is an insult for the government to claim that a life assurance pay out of £60,000 to the families of a health or social care worker who dies of COVID-19 in any way compensates for the loss of life. Despite their protestations that they “will do whatever it takes”, this again shows the scant … Continue reading Doctors in Unite statement on payouts for those who die in service with COVID-19

Despite coronavirus and clapping, the Tories remain hostile to a public NHS

In recent weeks we have among others seen Boris Johnson, Matt Hancock and members of the Royal family (all of whom it’s safe to guess have never used the NHS) joining in the public applause for key workers. Additionally, there have been a number of structural changes and commitments to increased funding that make it … Continue reading Despite coronavirus and clapping, the Tories remain hostile to a public NHS

‘Laid-off cabin crew with resuscitation skills’ – what is the answer to the NHS staffing crisis?

Faced with an NHS and social care system ill prepared for the coronavirus pandemic, a call went out for 250,000 volunteer community support workers to help up to 1.5 million people who have been asked to shield themselves from infection because of underlying health conditions. The response has been staggering, with more than 400,000 coming forward. … Continue reading ‘Laid-off cabin crew with resuscitation skills’ – what is the answer to the NHS staffing crisis?

We raise the watchword ‘Liberty’

The benign intent of the government in its request that citizens self-isolate to protect others against spreading COVID-19 is not in question. But national and international crises can and have been used to justify an erosion of human rights. The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) explains that "man-made conflicts, natural … Continue reading We raise the watchword ‘Liberty’