A Private Eye Special by Dr Phil Hammond and Andrew Bousfield

THE NHS will always need whistleblowers. Healthcare is complex, rapidly changing and dangerous; staff are fallible, variably trained and widely spaced; and demands are huge and resources limited. No matter how much is spent on regulation and risk management, shit will always happen - mistakes, incompetence, inhumane treatment and corruption.

But the same shit doesn't need to keep on happening. If it's picked up and acted on, many lives and much money can be saved. If staff, patients and carers are encouraged to speak up, you can even stop mistakes in their tracks before harm is done.

As this special report highlights, however, the shocking treatment of NHS whistleblowers persists as the body that is trusted to care for us from cradle to grave systematically covers up scandals, crushes dissent and kills patients
unnecessarily ...

Dr Kim Holt, Baby P and Great Ormond Street Hospital

AFTER finally issuing an apology to whistleblower Dr Kim Holt last month, Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH - a foundation trust-in-waiting) and its Teflon-coated CEO Dr Jane Collins were doubtless hoping to draw a line under Baby P. But Lynne Featherstone MP is now calling for an investigation into Collins' actions in withholding vital information - the Sibert report - from the original serious case review into the death of baby Peter Connelly. Collins says this was on legal advice and her board is backing her. ..........


Dr Hammond has the full article available on his website - Shoot the Messenger