The NHS will always need Whistleblowers – Dr Phil Hammond
Healthcare is complex, rapidly changing and dangerous; staff are fallible, variably trained and widely spaced; and demands are huge and resources limited. No matter how much is spent on regulation and risk management, shit will always happen mistakes, incompetence, inhumane
treatment and corruption.
But the same shit doesnt need to keep on happening. If its picked up and acted on, many lives and much money can be saved. If staff, patients and carers are encouraged to speak up, you can even stop mistakes in their tracks before harm is done.
As this special report highlights, however, the shocking treatment of NHS whistleblowers persists as the body that is trusted to care for us from cradle to grave systematically covers up scandals, crushes dissent and kills patients unnecessarily