Dr Julia Grace Patterson💙 Profile picture
Doctor, campaigner, forager, magpie. Chief Executive of @EveryDoctorUK. All views my own.
Chris🌟 #FBPPR #RejoinEU #FBPE💙 Profile picture Headbox Profile picture 2 added to My Authors
7 Jun
My team and I have listened to experts all along. When the UK government didn’t lock the country down after Christmas, we leaked an email to the press from the Royal London hospital which said the hospital was in ‘disaster mode’. It secured coverage all around the world, and...
(we believe) contributed significantly to the government locking things down. We were forced to leak that email because people were unsafe, and the government didn’t listen to experts.

They’re doing the same thing again. The same experts are speaking up. My team and I agree...
That we are probably at the beginning of the third wave. The government will not act responsibly; we know that. They will not lock down early+ save lives.

Please take it upon yourself to protect your community.

Please listen to the experts on @IndependentSage. Their...
Read 4 tweets
30 May
🚨I’ve spent this morning responding to terrifying testimonials coming in from UK GPs. The crisis they are facing is incredibly serious; not safe for patients, not safe for staff🚨

We are contacting healthcare leaders across the UK and will be approaching trusted journalists...
to lift the lid on what is happening.

This is the next phase of the pandemic’s health emergency.

Much elective care was delayed due to the pandemic; GPs are managing patients who should have seen hospital specialists.
It is a complex issue; but essentially pressure has been building for months and GP services in many areas are struggling to cope. I put a call out to hear from GPs yesterday; many say they’re ‘going under’. Forced to offer 2 minute face-to-face appointments. Terrified...
Read 5 tweets
26 May
I cannot tell you how it felt to receive emails from medics who were carrying out emergency surgery with cling film wrapped around their heads. I cannot tell you how it felt to see eminent consultants trying to make surgical gowns out of disposal hospital curtains. I cannot...
Express the anger and dismay of doctors told to take off their masks in hospital cafes because they’d ’scare the patients’. I cannot convey the terror of doctors who didn’t have masks because there weren’t enough, they’d been locked away.

It’s not good enough to say sorry now...
Gaslit, ignored, placated, ridiculed, thrown under the bus, dismissed in life, dismissed in death.

Disgusting.

I will never ever forget what you put NHS staff through. Never.
Read 4 tweets
24 May
🧵It’s extremely difficult to become a non-profit campaigning organisation which is trusted.
Why?
1. Charities are facing increasing limitations on their ability to speak up frankly about politics. This means that organisations often decide they can’t operate as charities..
This is a two-fold problem.
🔴if you’re not a charity, you can’t access financial supports given to charities.
🔴all campaigning organisations face trolling. Trolls hook onto the idea you’re ‘a company’ and smear non-profit org leaders online.

2. The government evade the truth,
they do not answer questions directly. When a crisis emerges and emergency situations develop, they mislead the public, avoid media scrutiny and publicly condone campaigning organisations. Constituents have been told by Conservative MPs, for example, that EveryDoctor is ...
Read 8 tweets
17 May
🧵 Want to know why these legal cases matter to us?
Because we run a community of doctors; a network. Doctors don’t receive a lot of pastoral support, they found it with us.

And the stories I heard; the stories divulged, were enough to make your blood run cold....
There aren’t enough masks so use them ‘sparingly’, or not at all.

Don’t wear a mask in the canteen; you’ll ‘scare the public’.

PPE monitors; volunteers deployed to tell off junior doctors wearing masks in hospital corridors.

Emails telling doctors not to speak to the press..
More emails, telling GPs they’d have ‘no access to central PPE supply’. To ‘contact hairdressers or schools to help ‘make PPE’.

Cling film around heads. Bin bags pulled across bodies. Masks which didn’t fit many. The need to soldier on regardless.

And then the sickness...
Read 7 tweets
13 May
🌟The situation facing junior anaesthetic doctors. URGENT.
Thread 🧵 🌟

I’m sharing some of the testimonials I’m receiving from junior doctors who are training in anaesthetics. If any journalists would like to write about this, please email on press@everydoctor.org.uk....
Lots of info is shared with EveryDoctor. I’m sharing these stories to inform the public.

Junior doctors working in anaesthetics all over the country have had a terrible 14 months. They have been right on the COVID frontlines, and have endured horrifying experiences...
Junior doctors do a lot of postgraduate exams and other training which are absolutely gruelling. During COVID-19 many of these have been delayed or cancelled, which leads to uncertainty for doctors regarding their futures. This group of doctors are training to become NHS...
Read 12 tweets
12 May
Who are these ‘centrist voters’ who we need to rebuild Labour for? Because I’m a doctor and I represent doctors. I’m one of the ‘metropolitan elite’ (if you believe such a thing exists, with our poky flats and high rent and overcrowding).

I represent doctors. And the vast...
majority of doctors I represent want to rip up the political rule book and create a society which cares about people and the climate. And that’s it. We want a bold vision, we don’t want to hark back to the 1950s, or the 1850s, or whenever it was that our country was allegedly...
‘Great’. We want an equal society. A society that cares. Politicians that tell the truth. Fair pay. Jobs for everyone. A health service and a school service which work.

I can’t see any current solution to this. Splitting the country into ‘red wall’ or ‘blue wall’ doesn’t...
Read 4 tweets
2 May
I don’t often get angry, but I feel really rattled tonight. EveryDoctor has devoted a significant portion of our limited resource to fighting the government in 4 legal cases since last May. When we took them on initially, my husband was working on the frontline in ICU, and our...
doctor members were experiencing unimaginable horrors. Taking these cases on was a leap at a time when we were already fighting for adequate supplies, fighting for really basic protections for NHS staff. It was a big deal to us and our members; and frankly at times it has been...
Re-traumatising for members to have to confront these PPE cases; to confront the knowledge that while they soldiered on in bin bags, VIPs were being handed billions in public money, often for unsuitable PPE.

Despite the knowledge that we are co-claimants being in the public...
Read 6 tweets
1 May
I wish the media would stop scapegoating GPs. @EveryDoctorUK represents a lot of GPs. This has been the hardest winter ever; many organised the first vaccine centres with barely any support+ it was a gargantuan effort on the run-up to Xmas. They weren’t given up-front funding...
to pay staff. They set up vaccination centres when there was a lot of uncertainty about the vaccines still, and they did this alongside their usual work (busier than ever before). When GPs can’t answer the phone or don’t have appointments, that’s because they’re underfunded...
Understaffed and over-worked, like every other aspect of the NHS. If you are frustrated, please tell your MP. The government needs to invest properly in the NHS in order to care for patients better. It’s not GPs’ fault💙
Read 4 tweets
29 Apr
🚨BREAKING🚨
Why are doctors in court again today against the government?

@EveryDoctorUK+@GoodLawProject have 4 legal cases against the government, being heard in May re dodgy PPE. They’re withholding key evidence🚨

We know there was a VIP channel; those who knew ministers...
were up to 10x more likely to be awarded PPE contracts at the height of the first wave. To put this in context; NHS staff had no PPE. Or they had bin bags. Or they had to make PPE out of theatre curtains or cling film or laminator sheets. And meanwhile, instead of purchasing...
PPE from appropriate suppliers, public money was handed out like smarties. Hundreds of millions to friends or associates or donors. It’s an absolute travesty. And as we work on our legal evidence as the May court dates approach...
Read 7 tweets
23 Apr
During the first wave of the pandemic, the following things happened:
1. Schools, hairdressers, garages turned over their businesses to create homemade PPE because we had hardly any, and many frontline workers were dying. Many of these people did this totally unpaid....
2. People all over the country came together to sew scrubs. Lots of people did this, again, for no money whatsoever.
3. Doctors I represent were told they had no access to central supplies of PPE, and were advised to sort themselves out (they made PPE out of laminated sheets...
and sanitary towels. They went to B+Q and bought any face masks they could find. Many didn’t have any. Many frontline workers died. They were unprotected, and they died.
4. The notion that any of these people would be seeking financial compensation, or profit, or tax breaks...
Read 4 tweets
23 Apr
🚨Right guys, we have a challenge🚨
This “let’s blame Dom” story has probably been timed to push the PPE scandal articles off the front pages. We need everyone to understand what happened in court yesterday against the government.
💙Pls RT this thread.
🤞Can we hit 1000 RTs?🤞
IMPORTANT
🚨What happened in court yday?🚨
As you know, @EveryDoctorUK and @GoodLawProject are taking the government to court, because they entered into PPE deals with companies who had no experience in supplying PPE. As doctors, we are deeply concerned about the risk...
this placed on NHS staff+patients. We need to get to the bottom of the ‘VIP lane’ where ministers handed out contracts to friends and associates. People with no business supplying medical items. Hundreds of our friends and colleagues died, many with no PPE. These cases are...
Read 6 tweets
22 Apr
🚨IMPORTANT🚨
What happened in court today?👩‍⚖️
As you know, @EveryDoctorUK and @GoodLawProject are taking the government to court, because they entered into PPE deals with companies who had no experience in supplying PPE. As doctors, we are deeply concerned about the risk...
this placed on NHS staff+patients. We need to get to the bottom of the ‘VIP lane’ where ministers handed out contracts to friends and associates. People with non business supplying medical items. Hundreds of our friends and colleagues died, many with no PPE. These cases are...
so important.

As the cases continue, the government are holding back info. Important info, like names of VIPs who applied for PPE contracts. We need that information in order to hold the government to account. The judge has said today (GOOD NEWS) that these names are...
Read 5 tweets
22 Apr
IMPORTANT
🚨What happened in court today?🚨
As you know, @EveryDoctorUK and @GoodLawProject are taking the government to court, because they entered into PPE deals with companies who had no experience in supplying PPE. As doctors, we are deeply concerned about the risk...
this placed on NHS staff+patients. We need to get to the bottom of the ‘VIP lane’ where ministers handed out contracts to friends and associates. People with non business supplying medical items. Hundreds of our friends and colleagues died, many with no PPE. These cases are...
so important.

As the cases continue, the government are holding back info. Important info, like names of VIPs who applied for PPE contracts. We need that information in order to hold the government to account. The judge has said today (GOOD NEWS) that these names are...
Read 5 tweets
19 Apr
I’m being targeted by right-wing trolls because I have declared I won’t take any interviews with GBNews.
4 points:
1. I am approached for interview across news networks frequently in my role as EveryDoctor Chief Executive.
2. I am deeply concerned about the rising levels of...
intolerance displayed by some groups in our society. I will not be complicit in escalating racism, misogyny and prejudice against individuals with protected characteristics.
3. I believe GBNews will further escalate these problems.
4. Some people are trying to bait me by...
suggesting that I have ‘trolled GBNews’. You cannot troll an entity. I have insulted no individual, and will continue to avoid doing so.

Trolling is intimidating, but no troll will receive a response from me. We need to speak up plainly and to continue to do so. I am a..
Read 4 tweets
11 Apr
A story about 23 cans of butter beans.

When I decided to pause my psychiatry training to set up EveryDoctor, I didn’t initially have a team. I didn’t have an income. And the only way we could afford to do it was to first move our family of 4 into a 1 bed flat in London, then...
Save up and renovate a small cottage in rural Ireland. We could afford childcare for our 1+2.5 year old there. We knew no one. And I flew back and forth to London as I tried to build relationships with journalists. I was sent threats by senior establishment figures in...
Medicine. I was warned I’d be struck off. I was trolled to an unbelievable extent. And I had no income. Rumours started that I was starting a ‘cult’. I was told I was looking to ‘profiteer like Richard Branson’. It was really, really hairy trying to convince anyone I wasn’t...
Read 10 tweets
30 Mar
Throughout the pandemic, EveryDoctor has been secretly fed information from those making decisions, in order to bring truth to the media and politicians.

I still remember the time last summer when we learned that government were modelling case data not to create a zero...
COVID strategy and prevent deaths, but simply to manage case numbers in order to prevent overwhelming NHS bed capacity.

Basically, they decided there was an ‘acceptable’ number of deaths. I spoke to @justinmadders on a Sunday afternoon about it. Both of us were shocked...
I cannot stress the discrepancy in action between UK politicians. Some have been incredible, caring, thoughtful and active. Others have done nothing. We created a database of the politicians who engaged with us from April- now. We’ve run 20 MP briefings. One day, that data...
Read 4 tweets
11 Mar
I feel exposed tweeting this, but I think I’ll do it anyway. I cried tears of anger and exhaustion and heartache last night for Sarah. But I also cried for all women. I was attacked on the street by a man when I was at medical school . My facial injuries meant I...#saraheverand
Had to seek A+E treatment. I was then stalked by the police officer who’d taken my evidence (my passport, bag and keys, which had been stuffed in a nearby bin). I was called daily by this police officer who said he was handling my case. Eventually when he accepted I’d turned....
down his romantic advances, he sent my things to a police station in the outskirts of London, and it took me several weeks to track them down. I had no ID, no phone, no money. I was a new student in London. I had PTSD symptoms from my attack, physical injuries, and shame...
Read 5 tweets
24 Feb
*IMPORTANT*
These 4 legal cases which @EveryDoctorUK and @GoodLawProject are bringing against the government are VERY expensive. The legal costs, though capped, are huge. And the resource required from our two tiny teams is huge too; we need your backing to employ our teams...
It might seem strange to join an organisation of doctors, or join an organisation of lawyers. But this government is not behaving accountably in the usual ways, and we’re the ones who’re relentlessly working to uncover their law-breaking. No one else is doing this.

I cannot...
Tell you the hours spent, the length of our days, and the huge effort on the part of everyone involved. It is big, daunting work. Please, if you want justice, join as a member to both of our organisations. We need to normalise this. We ALL need to get behind our two teams...
Read 4 tweets
20 Feb
Since last Summer, the government have managed lockdowns based on the ability of the NHS to ‘cope’ with a burden of sickness and death. They haven’t tried to eliminate sickness and death. Last summer they instructed many hospitals to create ‘surge capacity’. This is essentially..
Some extra ICU beds. No extra ICU staff (we’re short of those), but extra beds. They like to say that the NHS has ‘coped’ because they incorporate these surge beds in their numbers.

Firstly, the NHS has not coped. We had far more ICU patients than these surge beds could hold...
Secondly we didn’t have enough ICU staff. The staff have done heroic things, but at times there have been 4 patients to every 1 ICU nurse (it should be 1:1).

Thirdly, we shouldn’t be managing a pandemic by judging whether there are enough beds to house the sick and dying...
Read 4 tweets
20 Feb
Millions of us, millions, feel outraged by our government’s behaviour. Feel unrepresented. Feel unheard in the media

Parliament is not holding this government to account effectively. Traditional organisations (certainly within medicine) are not doing enough. Our establishment...
...our trade unions, our representative bodies, are failing us. And they’ve been failing us for years. Let me use healthcare as an example.

In the past 5 years, nurse student bursaries have been removed. Healthcare workers on visas pay thousands even to work in the NHS...
...which relies upon them and is 100,000 staff short. There are 6.5 billion in unmet NHS repairs. The pensions are a disaster (some doctors PAYING to work extra shifts due to the crazy taxation). And almost 900 of our colleagues have died on the COVID-19 frontline...
Read 4 tweets