Dismissal Looms for NHS critic – The Sunday Times 12th May 2013 Martyn Halle Reports:
“AN NHS whistleblower faces being dismissed from her post by Jeremy Hunt, the health secretary, despite being vindicated by a public inquiry and winning damages for being a victim of bullying.
Kay Sheldon, a non-executive director of the Care Quality Commission (CQC), will meet Hunt tomorrow to put her case for remaining on the board.
Supporters claim that Sheldon has been a victim of a campaign of abuse by the CQC (Care Quality COmmision)for being an outspoken critic of the organisation. She spoke out at the public inquiry into the scandal at Mid Staffordshire hospital in November 2011.
On the same day she gave evidence, Dame Jo Williams, the then CQC chairwoman, wrote to Andrew Lansley, the previous health secretary, recommending that Sheldon be “immediately” suspended and replaced….”
Scandalous but unsurprising – andt blow to the Health Service culture as well as democracy. It’s not surprising that professionals are disengaged from the political process, and that the younger doctors i training grades follow their lead.