NHS head’s pledge to protect whistleblowers thrown into doubt

Melanie Hall in the Telegraph 15th May reports:

“Sir David Nicholson, who publicly vowed to directly intervene if he “caught a whiff” of organisations not providing support to whistleblowers, wrote in a letter to a former NHS employee just days after promising an end to gagging clauses that he could not help because a “legal process” had been concluded.

He also wrote that his hands were tied because foundation trusts are “separate legal bodies” from the Department of Health, despite having pledged in front of the health select committee just days before that it was a matter of duty for medical staff to blow the whistle if they saw poor or dangerous patient care.

Sir David’s public pledge in February followed the publication of the second Francis Inquiry into the Mid Staffordshire Hospital scandal, but the letter seen by Channel 4 threatens to undermine confidence in the NHS head’s assurances.”#

What more can I add to this scandalous issue?

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About Roger Burns - retired GP

I am a retired GP and medical educator. I have supported patient participation throughout my career, and my practice, St Thomas; Surgery, has had a longstanding and active Patient Participation Group (PPG). I support the idea of Community Health Councils, although I feel they should be funded at arms length from government. I have taught GP trainees for 30 years, and been a Programme Director for GP training in Pembrokeshire 20 years. I served on the Pembrokeshire LHG and LHB for a total of 10 years. I completed an MBA in 1996, and I along with most others, never had an exit interview from any job in the NHS! I completed an MBA in 1996, and was a runner up for the Adam Smith prize for economy and efficiency in government in that year. This was owing to a suggestion (St Thomas' Mutual) that practices had incentives for saving by being allowed to buy rationed out services in the following year.

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