Doctors declare climate change a public health emergency

The UK’s oldest medical trade union has sent an open letter to the four Labour party leadership contenders, demanding they recognise climate change as a public health emergency.  Doctors in Unite said that flooding, heatwaves, tropical diseases and toxic air pollution are already putting the public’s health at risk. The union’s chair Dr Jackie Applebee […]

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Defend the NHS DiU and Unite KONP and other campaigns

Joint campaigning to defend the NHS

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 […]

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DiU and Unite

Doctors condemn escalation of Middle East tensions

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 […]

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Government Policy

The devastating impact of alcohol must not be ignored

The Doctors in Unite conference focussed its attention on the destructive effect of alcohol this year, and committed to making tackling alcohol harm its key priority for 2020. There are over 80 alcohol related deaths each day in the UK, and over a million hospital admissions a year are associated with alcohol use. In England, […]

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Government Policy

A call to activism from chair Jackie Applebee

The chair of Doctors in Unite has called her union to action in the face of the calamitous 2019 general election result. Dr Jackie Applebee said she was “horrified” by the outcome. “We cannot sit back and wait for the next general election in five years, before campaigning on issues that affect the people’s health” […]

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Government Policy Hostile Environment

Doctors in Unite to affiliate with human rights organisation Liberty

The UK’s oldest medical trade union is affiliating with the human rights organisation Liberty. Both groups fight for people’s rights and freedoms, hold the powerful to account, and challenge those who abuse their authority. Doctors in Unite and Liberty stand together against the home office’s discredited ‘hostile environment’ policy, where immigration enforcement can access personal […]