Recently retired doctors are being prevented from helping administer COVID-19 vaccines because the NHS requires them to have “diversity training” and knowledge of “radicalisation.”
40,000 doctors and nurses applied to return to the NHS back in March at the start of the pandemic but only 5,000 had been given jobs by July, according to a report in the Telegraph.
Similar bureaucracy is also hampering the vaccine rollout, with doctors having to fulfill the requirements of the Equality Act.
Dear NHS— ✨ melanie jones 🕷✨ (@medicsupport) December 30, 2020
The Red Tape faced by retired docs who want to help the vaccination roll out. 20 pieces of evidence most of us simply don't have. REALLY???
If this is a war, use your Dads Army and cut us some slack.
I can remember how to do an IM injection. Rant over 🥺 pic.twitter.com/2CfhQ2nJr2
This means that when they wade into the minefield that is the application process for helping to administer the vaccine, they have to provide 20 pieces of evidence, including documents on Equality, Diversity and Human Rights, Fire Safety, Conflict Resolution, and Preventing Radicalisation.
“Reached this page on my application and have given up for now. Can’t see many retired clinicians wading through this lot – or having all required docs,” said Professor Maureen Baker.
Reached this page on my application and have given up for now. Can’t see many retired clinicians wading through this lot - or having all required docs. Process *must* be urgently streamlined @NHSEnglandNMD Couldn’t design anything more bureaucratic in a month of Sundays! https://t.co/IJuVjb7qNC— Prof Maureen Baker CBE (@Maureenprsb) December 30, 2020
“Yes I’m going through this today….now on my 7th hour of CPD! Not even at ‘pre-employment screening’ yet. Suspect many will have given up by now,” commented Professor Nicola Thomas.
Yes I’m going through this today....now on my 7th hour of CPD! Not even at ‘pre-employment screening’ yet. Suspect many will have given up by now 😱 https://t.co/wckLrGEvbB— Prof Nicola Thomas 💙 (@nicolamthomas) December 30, 2020
The NHS responded by saying it was necessary “in order to recruit a wide array of individuals from a variety of backgrounds.”
Thanks for your feedback. We appreciate the time taken to join the National Vac Programme. We have a stringent recruitment process in place in order to recruit a wide array of individuals from a variety of backgrounds – many of whom are not registered healthcare professionals 1/2— NHS Professionals (@NHSPbank) December 31, 2020
In other words, meeting diversity quotas is more important than getting as many doctors as possible to help speed up the vaccine rollout.
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