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Doctors in Unite support Independent SAGE’s emergency 10-point plan to stop a national lockdown

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

Speech by Dr Jackie Applebee, Chair of Doctors in Unite to the BMA Annual Representative Meeting, 15 September 2020

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

COVID-19 update 7 September 2020 – still stumbling along

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

THE ROLE OF AIRBORNE SPREAD IN FACTORY OUTBREAKS OF COVID-19

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

Exam results post-COVID: DiU Statement

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

We need a Zero coid-19 strategy now: say over 200 health and social care workers

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

Peers Inquiry into Public Service Lessons from Coronavirus: Full Report

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

Private providers must serve the public interest

In the middle of March 2020, it was clear that the NHS would not have the capacity to deal with the increased demands of the Covid-19 epidemic. This lack of spare capacity is clear evidence of continuing government failure to invest in the NHS to provide the required flexibility to meet unplanned needs.  As a necessary but panic measure to deal … Continue reading Private providers must serve the public interest

Open letter to the Prime Minister about the UK’s Covid-19 strategy from NHS and Social Care workers

Open letter for anyone working in Health and Social care to sign and distribute. Sign here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfdk4q_YaJnNrMAGtaz9W32WCYLyWnE1rvLPFR3Y376tydRZg/viewform Dear Prime Minister, We are writing to ask you urgently clarify our Covid-19 strategy. Herd immunity was abandoned early on as it became clear hundreds of thousands would die. We entered lockdown in order to “flatten the curve” … Continue reading Open letter to the Prime Minister about the UK’s Covid-19 strategy from NHS and Social Care workers