The letter says: “We write as a group of NHS campaigners for transparency, most of us whistleblowers, who have seen the worst of the NHS.
“Whistleblowers have suffered for the sake of protecting the interests of patients.
“Many of us have been through years of painful turmoil as a result of speaking up.
” In such a journey, there are often few dependable friends.One of the few exceptions to this has been Charlotte Leslie MP, a woman of great decency, capability and refreshing honesty. NHS whistleblowers and cam-paigners are much indebted to her for all the support and advocacy that she has provided over the years.
“Without such stalwart help, the plight of NHS whistleblowers would not be as well known or understood. Ms Leslie’s abundant common sense and sense of fair play is very precious in public life, and shines through in her work on the Health Select Committee.
“Her support of the NHS is clear.”We know she is a determined upholder of the NHS values of care free at the point of delivery and need – not only for now, but for generations to come – and that she works hard for an NHS in which the interests of patients must be paramount.
“Bristol is very lucky to have such a committed public servant.”
Ms Leslie said: “I am humbled to have received this letter of support. As a politician, I have pas-sionately tried to ensure that we make the right decisions which will preserve a safe and free NHS for generations to come.
“Sadly, some opponents have decided to use the NHS for short term political gain when what we need is a mature debate to explore how this magnificent institution can flourish in the future.
“At a time when I have been so misrepresented and attacked for trying to do the right thing for the NHS, it is heartening to hear that those at the sharp end in the health profession – some of whom have sacrificed their careers to preserve a quality NHS – have come out as a strong voice to say that our NHS is too important to become party political football.”
The signatories to the letter are:
Sir Brian Jarman, Emeritus Professor Imperial College Faculty of Medicine
Professor Steve Bolsin Consultant Anaesthetist and whistleblower
Gary Walker Former NHS CEO and whistleblower
Professor Narinder Kapur Consultant Neuropsychologist and whistleblower
Sharmila Chowdhury Former NHS Imaging Services Manager and whistleblower
Dr Kevin Beatt Former NHS Consultant Cardiologist and whistleblower
Lady Maha Yassaie Former NHS Chief Pharmacist for West Berkshire and whistle-blower
Dr David Drew Former NHS Consultant Paediatrician and whistleblower
Fiona Bell NHS whistleblower and complainant
Dr Minh Alexander Former NHS Consultant Psychiatrist and whistleblower