NHS whistleblower office in crisis as new tsar quits – a second is carelessness

Kate Gibbons reports in The Times 5th March 2016: NHS whistleblower office in crisis as new tsar quits –

“Coincidence is God’s way of being anonymous.”  ― Laura Pedersen, in Best Bet

To paraphrase Oscar Wilde: To lose one parent (Tsar) may be regarded as a misfortune; to lose both looks like carelessness.

A second NHS whistleblowing tsar has abruptly quit the national body responsible for protecting employees who speak out about problems in the health service.

David Bell, the interim national guardian, took charge at Britain’s first office to support NHS whistleblowers when Dame Eileen Sills abandoned the role within two months of being appointed and before she had actually started in the job.

Mr Bell has now returned to his former NHS job after six weeks in the post, despite the vacancy left by Dame Eileen remaining unfilled.

The body, which was set up after the Mid Staffordshire scandal, was highlighted by Jeremy Hunt, the health secretary, as evidence of his commitment to protecting NHS whistleblowers.

Campaigners have warned that the Office of the National Guardian, which was due to open last week, is facing a “crisis”. The Care Quality Commission, the health watchdog involved in setting up the national office, declined to comment on the circumstances of Mr Bell’s departure but said that a team supported by Sir Robert Francis, who chaired the Mid Staffordshire inquiry, was in place to ensure it could begin operating later this month.

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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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