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Watch the Video’s ‘Climate of fear’: NHS staff scared of exposing danger to patients, whistleblowers tell RT


NHS whistleblowers take their protest to Westminster

An inquiry that found many NHS staff do not raise concerns about patient safety because they fear being ignored or bullied did not go far enough, whistle-blowing health professionals told RT. The Freedom to Speak Up Review found a “climate of fear” permeates the NHS in England, with whistleblowers subject to “shocking” treatment when they attempt to speak out. Sir Robert Francis QC, who led the inquiry, made a series of recommendations in his report including the appointment of “guardians” in each hospital to support staff who want to raise concerns. However, two former whistleblowers who spoke to RT, said the report fell short of tackling the real problems facing staff who speak out.

A group of former NHS staff protesting against the service’s “horrific” treatment of whistleblowers on Wednesday claimed the report did not go far enough to stop further incidents happening.

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Whistleblower culture change urged – Download The Freedom to speak up Report

Click on the link to download the “Freedom to speak up Report. Sir Robert Francis QC”    11th February 2015

New proposals to make NHS staff feel they can safely speak out following a damning report into the treatment of whistleblowers are being fast-tracked by the Government for legislation, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has announced. The report’s author, Sir Robert Francis QC, recommended 20 measures but stressed that a change in culture was more important than regulation. He said that his research – which saw him receive input from more than 19,700 NHS staff – had left him “in no doubt that there’s a serious problem in the National Health Service”.

The measures include asking every NHS organisation to identify one member of staff that other workers can go to with their concerns, who will then report directly to trust chief executives. The Government will also consult on establishing a national “whistleblowing guardian” within the Care Quality Commission (CQC) who will review the most serious cases . “Today I will be writing to every trust chair to underline the importance of a culture where frontline staff feel able to speak up about concerns without fear of repercussions,” Mr Hunt said. “The message must go out today that we are calling time on bullying, intimidation and victimisation, which has no place in our NHS.”

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Freedom to Speak up Review Seminar 22nd Oct

Fiona Bell attended the Freedom to Speak up Review Seminar yesterday held in Newcastle.

Here is her report. Well done Fiona in taking a stand to help so many…

Good Morning , as promised i’m reporting back on yesterdays meeting with Sir Robert Francis and the speak up review team. I cant tell you it was a perfect meeting or that miracles will happen over night . I can only tell you what stuck out , They were organised, interested and listening. There were people there from the GMC, NHS England, Monitor , Newcastle trust, NTW, Northumberland . The GMC got a tough time ,so did monitor (from me) NHS England were cringing a bit in parts and being seated next the the chap from Monitor – well that allowed me to discuss the new “Fit and proper person rule for CEO’s to come into effect 21st November. What struck me was the young man from the review team , He said straight away Hello Fiona (i didnt know him but he knew me) I read your submission , we all have and for a moment that knocked me sideways . The reassurance I got that I can pass on to others is that every single submission is read . They have got the message loud and clear from our NHS whistle blowers, as to what the end result is i don’t honestly know yet , I asked about families of the bereaved , Sir Robert is aware , very aware that Mid Staffs was not a one off, and there’s the acknowledgment is there is still alot pf work to be done . I know there are many cynics amongst NHS staff & fellow campaigners, all i can say to you is from what I saw there is a group of people on that review team that intend to do their very best with the tools that have been given.


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Watch Sir Robert Francis QC being interviewed by Eamonn Holmes on SKY explaining about the launch of the Independent review on whistleblowing.

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NHS whistleblowers urged to share experiences of poor patient care

Sir Robert Francis QC, who led two major inquiries into failures at Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust, has launched a call for evidence for his review of whistleblowing in the health service
NHS staff are being urged to share their experiences of blowing the whistle on incidents of poor patient care.
Sir Robert Francis QC, who led two major inquiries into failures at Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust, has launched a call for evidence for his review of whistleblowing in the health service.
The aim of his independent review, commissioned by Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt earlier this year, is to recommend how best staff can be supported to raise concerns about poor patient care.

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