Hello! In case you’re following me but don’t know my ‘story’, here it is!

I’m Julia, I’m a doctor. Qualified in 2010. Started running national political campaigns in 2015 with Dr Georgina Wood (@DrMusical). We campaigned for the NHS, and doctors’ working rights. At the time...
@Jeremy_Hunt was stripping junior doctors of safe working hours. Feels like a lifetime ago now. We didn’t have enough clout or resource to oppose the government successfully. But we caught the campaign bug. We realised we needed better methods to capture energy from medics...
So we started the Facebook group “The Political Mess”, for medical activism, for all UK doctors. We realised that lots of excellent doctors involved in campaigning were burning out because of the sheer energy needed to campaign while...
also working frontline with patients. Trade unions weren’t being vocal about the things that mattered. Austerity squeezing NHS resources. Exodus of NHS staff. Unfair rules for workers on visas. Worsening conditions for staff and patients, endless pay freezes. We decided to...
Start a new non-profit employing a team to advocate for doctors and their patients, because without employing staff, the campaigning wouldn’t be sustainable. Not a trade union, not a charity, a campaigning organisation. We worked out that if we had 500-1000 doctor members....
We could do it. We thought it was worth a shot. We launched in early 2019. We did it; we now have ~1650 doctor members. We run democratically; our medical membership vote on our strategy. We also speak to our much wider network of ~40k NHS staff, who help to inform our work...
...and we lobby hard. We work closely with politicians and the media. During the pandemic we’ve built a cross-party coalition of 104 MPs to lobby to ProtectNHSWorkers. We’ve successfully lobbied for eye protection PPE, a death-in-service benefit for frontline workers, priority...
1st dose vaccines for all frontline health and social care workers. And in campaigning, nothing happens in isolation. Others have lobbied too. But we move fast on issues that matter, are very vocal, and put our members’ priorities at the centre of everything...
We’re in constant communication with our NHS network, listen carefully, and work as hard as we can to represent our members. We’re a very open organisation; all members receive financial transparency from EveryDoctor. We wouldn’t want to run this any other...
way! We’re fortunate to have support from folk who aren’t doctors too; who donate monthly to help us in our work. We’re growing, and building, and seek to protect doctors, other NHS staff and every NHS patient 🌟

If you’d like to join us, we’d love that!

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10 Feb
Our exposure of what was happening in a London hospital before New Year was (we believe) one of the dominant forces pushing the government to lockdown the UK. The media knew what was going on, but had no proof. Someone whistleblew to @EveryDoctorUK, and we took the story to...
the press. I don’t think any doctor could have received that information, of inadequate safe staffing levels, as COVID cases escalated, and simply sat on it. I recognise that the information was shocking, and for staff locally, our exposure caused upset and stress...
I won’t deny that, and I was wracked with guilt towards those staff members as the story exploded in the press. I’m still conflicted. How do you balance the responsibility towards one hospital’s reputation against your concerns for the entire population when lockdown wasn’t...
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1 Feb
In my role as @EveryDoctorUK Chief Exec, I represent 1650 doctors. And (this is a little personal), that’s a tough job because our members hold me to account very successfully. They are a group of articulate, vocal, intelligent people. The only reason I can lead EveryDoctor...
...is because of a massive group of people advising and instructing and feeding back. And we’re small and we’re learning, and together we’re building something strong. I never worry when doctors are vocal; that feedback is very necessary, it keeps us on course....
..but I’m worried now, because doctors have become quieter. NHS staff are tired, they’re under so much pressure. They’ve been under this pressure and it’s not letting up.

If you have any opportunity to show NHS staff kindness, and support, please do that. Please...
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30 Jan
I was trolled horrifically for a week around New Year. I struggled to eat or sleep for a week. And now I’ve recovered, and built my confidence back up, I’d like to say something.

Do you know what type of person it takes to put a hard-fought medical career on hold, to lobby...
for others’ protection? Do you know what it takes to take a £50k loss of earnings, which will affect you and your young family? Do you know what it takes to build a cross-party coalition of 104 MPs during a pandemic?...
It takes absolute humility, and the ability to see beyond yourself, and the ability to listen, and the ability to pick up the phone to absolutely anyone in order to fight for protections for NHS staff. It takes stomaching feedback from everywhere, constantly, and taking it..
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30 Dec 20
THREAD (1/3): I’ve just found out that one region in the UK has paused all vaccinations for a week, because they cannot find the staff 😮. This is because the government have not adequately supported NHS staff- the vaccine programme is a huge, largely unsupported effort.
(2/3) Many GP practices for example are very over-stretched, with staff working extra shifts and pulling out all the stops to deliver vaccines. However, with cases spiralling, the government need to step up and support by providing trained staff (perhaps by enlisting the army).
(3/3) I’m hearing that NHS staff in the area with paused vaccines are desperately worried about vulnerable patients and are scrabbling for solutions. As soon as I know more, I’ll tweet. Watch this space. 💥🚨@EveryDoctorUK
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