STRENGTH IN NUMBERS

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Should NHS Whistle-blowers always be protected? – By Will Powell

I was very interested in a recent article published in “The Spectator” on the 3rd January 2015. The article is about a cancer surgeon named Joseph Meirion Thomas. He interpreted the published Francis Report as giving healthcare professionals protection if they were to speak out about failures within the NHS regarding patient safety issues. He also took the view, rightly or wrongly, that speaking out complied with a doctor’s duty of candour. However, little did he know that speaking out to improve the NHS would result in him being suspended from his job and ordered not to air his views in public again. Sadly, this has been the case for copious NHS whistle-blowers, over the years. Some have even suffered a far worst fate and lost their homes when others have had to leave the UK to seek employment abroad when these are the very healthcare professionals who could help return our NHS to its former glory. Mr Thomas should not have been vilified by his peers but applauded for doing what the Government, Department of Health and NHS purport as the right thing to do.

Mr Thomas is also gagged which, in my view, speaks volumes for the purported integrity of the NHS and the Department of Health’s public claims that all healthcare professionals are encouraged to speak up about patient safety issues. Contrary to the appalling treatment he has received from our Health Minister, Jeremy Hunt, and others, Mr Thomas is, in my view, a HERO and I have no doubt that the majority of the public would say the same. He is clearly a man of integrity who only wants to improve the care provided by our NHS for young and old alike.

Click on the link to read more and you can access the full article 

http://www.mistreatment.com/news/article/should-nhs-whistle-blowers-always-be-protected-262/#.VNjI_PmsXuK

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Will Powell NHS Adviser for Mistreatment.com

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