The media recently highlighted the fact that NHS England has announced: “The NHS is set to radically overhaul the way MRI, CT and other diagnostic services are delivered for patients . . . . Community diagnostic hubs or ‘one stop shops’ should be created across the country, away from hospitals, so that patients can receive … Continue reading One Stop Shops – trick or treat?
Doctors in Unite believe that the current model for social care is not working and that this has been brought into sharp focus during the COVID 19 Pandemic. Care homes bore a huge burden of deaths during the first wave, for many reasons, but not least due to the fragmentation that privatisation has imposed on … Continue reading Policy statement on a National Care Service.
We sent the following message today, 20 September 2020, to Independent SAGE: “Doctors in Unite fully endorse Independent SAGE's emergency ten point plan to avoid a national lockdown. [The plan can be found here: https://www.independentsage.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/Emergency-Plan-PUBLISHED.pdf ]Experience from other countries such as Germany, South Korea and Japan has shown that if the correct measures are adopted … Continue reading Doctors in Unite support Independent SAGE’s emergency 10-point plan to stop a national lockdown
Dr Applebee proposed the motion by TOWER HAMLETS DIVISION of the BMA: That this meeting, in response to COVID 19, demands that government: i) ensure that workers are not under pressure to attend work either for financial or workforce reasons while they are unwell or self-isolating and at risk of inadvertently passing on the disease; … Continue reading Speech by Dr Jackie Applebee, Chair of Doctors in Unite to the BMA Annual Representative Meeting, 15 September 2020
A review of where the UK is in its response to the Covid-19 pandemic 1. Policy failure Richard Horton, editor of the prestigious medical journal ‘The Lancet’, described the management of COVID-19 as the “greatest science policy failure for a generation” in his book on the pandemic. Currently the numbers of newly diagnosed patients are … Continue reading COVID-19 update 7 September 2020 – still stumbling along
Workers and local communities are not to blame; responsibility lies with employers, regulatory agencies and government Summary It seems nearly every day there is another outbreak of Covid-19 in Britain’s factories, in the food processing industry, in the garment industry and elsewhere. It is increasingly clear that working conditions in the factories are largely responsible … Continue reading THE ROLE OF AIRBORNE SPREAD IN FACTORY OUTBREAKS OF COVID-19
Doctors in Unite (formerly the Medical Practitioners Union) are extremely concerned that thousands of young people, disproportionately from disadvantaged back grounds, have been awarded A level grades, in many cases two grades lower, than those predicted by their teachers. It is grossly unfair that young people from areas already hardest hit by the ravages of … Continue reading Exam results post-COVID: DiU Statement
Over 200 health and social care workers, from across the entire spectrum of specialties and grades of staff have signed an open letter addressed to Boris Johnson, calling on him to set out a coherent strategy that will effectively tackle the Covid-19 pandemic in England. They include professors, consultants, GPs, nurses, therapists, administration staff, theatre … Continue reading We need a Zero coid-19 strategy now: say over 200 health and social care workers
5th July 2020 The 72nd birthday of the NHS takes place in the shadow of the COVID 19 pandemic. The progress of the virus underlines the absolute importance of having an NHS as Bevan intended when it was founded in 1948, a comprehensive health service, publicly funded from general taxation, publicly provided and free at … Continue reading NHS 72nd Birthday
Below is the Doctors in Unite repose to the Peers Inquiry which has asked for an open consultation from the public and professionals in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. We welcome the opportunity to feed into the Peers Inquiry into Public Service Lessons from Coronavirus. We are Doctors in Unite, the doctor’s branch of … Continue reading Peers Inquiry into Public Service Lessons from Coronavirus: Full Report