BAPIO Well-Being Forum presents their second Activity Yoga
Further to the very successful session of Bollywood dance workout BOMBAY JAM.
BAPIO Well Being forum presents Yoga sessions, by Dr Bhageerathi from Dubai.Block of 6 classes for Doctors. Nurses and their families.
on Sundays 10.00am for start of 10.15 to 11.15
Starting from 4th April
£20 (To Charity)
Once you register you will get an automatic email with Zoom link to join.
Payment needs to done by bank transfer to BAPIO account, details will be mentioned in the automatic email.
The much loved ‘indi_go’ groups had to be moved to a new platform when yahoo groups was shut down in Dec 2020. After exploring various options, a decision was made to create and use ‘IndigoBAPIO’ google group ( https://groups.google.com/g/indianukdoctors/about ) as an alternative.
The ethos of this new group remains the same as the old Indi_go yahoo group. All kinds of issues affecting Indian origin medical doctors working in UK are discussed regularly in this group. Members can get help on any personal or professional issue that they might have in an open, honest and cordial environment. Currently the group has 400+ highly motivated and very willing to help doctors from variety of specialties and grades. Members can access archive conversations that will allow them get instant answers on previously discussed issues if they use a gmail to join the group.
Membership to this ‘IndigoBAPIO’ google group is free and any medical doctor can request to join. Please email email@example.com to join
One of our BAPIO members, Dr Saraswati Hosdurga, consultant community paediatrician has co-produced a feature film in Kannada with English subtitles. She created a story along with two other friends using her professional experience of working with families and children with autism.
Life of an autistic child is like a simple white colour. To liberate all colours like Varnapatala( spectrum) a child has to pass through a prism made of supportive family, society and education system. This is beautifully captured with well balanced information and entertainment . Film also portraits about women empowerment and motivation to identify the strengths of her daughter and how such children are vulnerable to child abuse ( incest).
The government yesterday announced a 1% pay rise for NHS staff. Conveniently, the announcement was not made in the Chancellor of Ex-Chequers budget on Wednesday, rather it was delayed undoubtedly because there would be parliamentary uproar about this decision. Inflation is 1.7% and therefore this apparent rise is in fact a real time reduction.
The government and the public have acknowledged that NHS staff have worked tirelessly during the pandemic. Many have sacrificed their lives to save the lives of others, despite knowing that the UK has one of the highest rates of deaths amongst healthcare professionals in the world. The clapping at Downing Street by Boris Johnson and Rishi Sunak on a Thursday seems less a pat on the back and more like a slap on the face particularly as the government has failed to protect front line workers during the pandemic. There was a failure to supply adequate Personal Protective Equipment, facilities for isolation for those affected by Covid-19, failure to provide timely Covid testing and a tracer App, which have resulted in avoidable deaths. The government also failed to prioritise many front line workers for the vaccine despite the obvious risks the virus posed to them.
The NHS is facing a real crisis on many fronts – severe shortage of doctors and nurses, morale of the workforce, sickness from Covid which has affected tens of thousands of staff, wards being run sometimes with full capacity but 50% staff overworking to compensate for sick colleagues, and the burgeoning number of patients with non-Covid conditions who are waiting to see their GPs and Consultants.
Dr Ramesh Mehta, President of BAPIO, stated: “This pay rise of 1% to NHS staff adds insult to the physical and mental anguish they have been going through during the past 12 months, and beyond. The Treasurer must recognise that savings lives has been at personal cost to many, and give them a just award for their efforts”.
Dr JS Bamrah, Chair of BAPIO, said: “This derisory pay award smacks of double standards by the government. Applauding them for the long and tiring schedules which have taken the toll on many colleagues and then for the government to say that this is the best they could afford is arrogant especially when they have squandered public money on private initiatives, including a staggering £37 bn on a Track and Trace App which has been a wasteful exercise”.
The Chairman of BAPIO’s nursing body British Indian Nurses Association Mr Marimouttou Coumarassamy, said: “NHS staff, especially the lower paid nurses, will be further demoralised by this pay award because they have worked hard to overcome this long and devastating pandemic, which is still not over. The government must act now, otherwise it will be faced with a backlash of poor recruitment, nurses leaving the NHS to work elsewhere, early retirement, and poor morale for years to come. The nursing crisis will become even worse”.
Dated 5 March 2021
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Notes for Editors
British Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (BAPIO) is a non-political, national, voluntary medical organisation that supports members and other healthcare professionals through education, training, policy making, and advocacy work. Since its inception in 1996, BAPIO has actively promoted the principles of diversity and equality. Over the years the Association has grown in stature and influence. It is represented through active Divisions covering all the English Regions as well as Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, and has four arm’s length bodies, Medical Defence Shield, BAPIO Training Academy, BAPIO Institute for Health Research and British Indian Nurses Association. BAPIO is now one of the largest organisations of its type in the country. BAPIO is committed to ensuring that the NHS provides the best patient outcomes. By promoting professional excellence and leadership, BAPIO adds value in enhancing the skills of the medical workforce. BAPIO also contributes to the cause of promoting access to better health care globally and responds to aid victims of natural disasters in the world.
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