Whistleblowing in the NHS
Over the past several years the Department of Health has placed great emphasis on patient safety. Unfortunately the name and shame approach of investigation, suspension, litigation and even prosecution is unlikely to make patient care safer – rather it will promote secrecy and defensive medicine.
In fact, the individuals most likely to identify unsafe clinical practice, such as that undertaken by Ian Patterson in Birmingham, is a peer group of specialists who need to be encouraged to Whistleblow rather than keep their heads down.
On the afternoon of March 26th we are holding a meeting ‘Spotlight on Whistleblowing’ at the Royal Society of Medicine, 1 Wimpole Street, London.
For more information on the event please click here.
Do join us and also add your own thoughts about and experiences of whistleblowing in the NHS. Do you agree that it is an important component of patient safety?