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Mitigation of risk of COVID 19 in occupational settings, with a focus on ethnic minority groups: Consensus Statement from PHE/HSE and FOM *

* Summary response from Doctors in Unite to the recent statement by Public Health England, the Health and Safety Executive and the Faculty of Occupational Medicine.  A more detailed review of the consensus statement can be found here. With thanks to the TUC: Dying on the Job.  A report into Racism and Risk at Work … Continue reading Mitigation of risk of COVID 19 in occupational settings, with a focus on ethnic minority groups: Consensus Statement from PHE/HSE and FOM *

A whitewash and another missed opportunity: the Consensus Statement from PHE, HSE and FOM on how best to mitigate risk of COVID 19 in occupational settings, with a focus on ethnic minority groups. *

* Detailed response from Doctors in Unite. A summary response can be found here. With thanks to the TUC: Dying on the Job.  A report into Racism and Risk at Work Doctors in Unite are disappointed with the recent consensus statement by Public Health England, the Health and Safety Executive and the Faculty of Occupational … Continue reading A whitewash and another missed opportunity: the Consensus Statement from PHE, HSE and FOM on how best to mitigate risk of COVID 19 in occupational settings, with a focus on ethnic minority groups. *

We must stop being polite about Test and Trace— there comes a point where it becomes culpable *

Source: https://covid.i-sense.org.uk/ Test and Trace is a disaster and doctors should voice outrage, not remain silent. We must stop being polite about the national Test and Trace service. Its privatised design by politicians is a lethal mistake. Yet the media is awash with statements implying that we should “allow” time for it to be improved. … Continue reading We must stop being polite about Test and Trace— there comes a point where it becomes culpable *

Meetings

Our conference and Annual General Meeting took place on 18th January 2020. Our last branch meeting was held on 18th April. Because of social distancing in response to COVID-19, meetings will take place via teleconference until further notice. Conference Agenda Conference Motions

Revealed: Boris Johnson’s controversial policy chief leading secretive NHS task force

Munira Mirza heading up group meeting ‘daily or weekly’ to plan ‘radical NHS shakeup’. Open Democracy 19.11.20 Boris Johnson’s government has for the first time confirmed the existence of a prime ministerial task force which is reportedly planning a “radical shake-up of the NHS”. Freedom of Information disclosures to openDemocracy show the new “No.10 Health and … Continue reading Revealed: Boris Johnson’s controversial policy chief leading secretive NHS task force

BAME frontline workers should also get priority for Covid-19 vaccine

Evidence shows that those of BAME origin are amongst those at highest risk of infection and death  from COVID 19. People of BAME origin often work in low paid employment in jobs where it is not possible to work at home such as cleaners, carers and bus drivers. These are also jobs which put workers in close, protracted … Continue reading BAME frontline workers should also get priority for Covid-19 vaccine

Mass testing in Liverpool – more questions than answers

Doctors in Unite sent the letter below to Professor Allyson Pollock and colleagues, in support of their letter to Liverpool MPs questioning the rationale for mass testing of the people of Liverpool. A link to their letter, and a BMJ blogpost by Dr Angela Raffle, Consultant in Public Health appears below our letter. 9th November … Continue reading Mass testing in Liverpool – more questions than answers

Statement on Integrated Care Systems

Integrated care systems are part of the government’s plans for NHS organisations, in partnership with local councils and others, to take collective responsibility for managing resources, delivering NHS standards, and improving the health of the population they serve.  This seemingly laudable development has the potential to further undermine the NHS, particularly since the Covid-19 pandemic.  … Continue reading Statement on Integrated Care Systems

One Stop Shops – trick or treat?

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?

Policy statement on a National Care Service.

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.