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?

Comments (8) Add yours ↓
  1. Clare Gerada MEdical Director PHP

    This is a vital area of work . So many NHS staff are caught in whistle blowing – which creates a spiral of discontent, depression, anxiety and despair. We have to change the system and this conference will help explore some of the key themes and hopefully ways to help.

    February 14, 2019 Reply
  2. Peter Duffy Consultant urological surgeon

    Really important area. Scandals like Gosport, Mid Staffs etc etc will not stop until front-line staff feel genuinely safe and protected from retaliation when they speak out. As I have learned the hard way, we are a very long way away from such an ideal and I very much hope this meeting will start to address this deficiency.

    February 28, 2019 Reply
  3. Roger Kirby Professor of Urology

    Do register for this meeting on the 26th March. Go to the new RSM website http://www.rsm.co.uk. See you there.

    March 5, 2019 Reply
  4. Roger Kirby Prof of Urology

    Read the report from the RSM meeting in the BMJ: https://www.bmj.com/content/364/bmj.l1482

    April 2, 2019 Reply
  5. Roger Kirby Professor of Urology

    Read the report of Urologist Peter Duffy’s personal experience of whistleblowing in the NHS following his outstanding presentation at the RSM symposium on whistleblowers last week.

    April 2, 2019 Reply
  6. Roger Kirby Professor of Urology


    April 2, 2019 Reply
  7. Roger Kirby Professor of Urology

    The use of non-disclosure agreements (NDAs), which can prevent would-be NHS ‘whistleblowers’ from speaking out when they suspect malpractice, could be ended, Matt Hancock, the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care has indicated.
    Mr Hancock said: “We stand with whistleblowers. Making someone choose between the job they love and speaking the truth to keep patients safe is an injustice I am determined to end.
    Let’s see if these positive words lead to significant action

    April 24, 2019 Reply
  8. Roger Kirby Professor of Urology

    Listen to Peter Duffy’s recent interview about his whistleblowing experience: https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m0004mkl/north-west-tonight-evening-news-24042019

    April 25, 2019 Reply

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