We must listen to whistleblowers, says new NHS chief

The Times Health News 8 May 2014
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David Drew

After seven years as the head of Walsall Manor Hospital’s paediatric department, Dr Drew raised a series of concerns about poor patient care, including the claim that babies were being put at risk by the cold wards. The devout Christian was sacked in 2010 and accused of creating a “toxic environment”

Edwin Jesudason
The award-winning paediatric surgeon resigned from Alder Hey Children’s NHS trust in Liverpool three years after he and a colleague blew the whistle on fatalities and a culture of “fear and bullying” in 2009
Annabelle “Loo” Blackburn
Days after she started at a GP practice in north Oxford in 2010, the nurse reported that more than 300 blood samples had allegedly never been tested. One of these was said to have revealed that a man in his 70s had been suffering prostate cancer for four years. Mrs Blackburn lost a case against her trust for constructive dismissal
Jennie Fecitt
Mrs Fecitt turned whistleblower in 2008 after she and two other nurses at an NHS walk-in centre in Wythenshawe, Greater Manchester, warned managers that a colleague was allegedly unqualified. The three lost their employment dispute in the High Court. Mrs Fecitt now works for Patients First
Narinder Kapur
A distinguished neuropsychologist, Professor Kapur was sacked by Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge in 2010 after he complained repeatedly over several years that unqualified staff in some clinics were endangering patients. He was ruled to be a whistleblower at his tribunal and went on hunger strike to protest in 2012
Sharmila Chowdhury
The widowed radiographer was head of her department when she raised the alarm over alleged moonlighting by consultants at Ealing Hospital in 2007. Suspended and publicly marched out of the building, she spent four years fighting the trust in the courts and now risks losing her house

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