Margaret Hodge (Left) said: ‘At a time when we are learning how important whistleblowers are in ensuring the proper use of public money it seems wrong to effectively cut funding to a crucial adviser.
The government has been accused of downgrading the Department of Health’s helpline for whistleblowers exposing wrongdoing in hospitals.
A £160,000 contract to advise 1.3 million NHS staff with concerns about patient safety and fraud has been extended to include another 1.7 million people working in social care but with no increase in resources.
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No help for doctor who refused to be gagged
Alexi Mostrous – special correspondent
The British Medical Association withdrew legal support from a whistleblowing doctor because he refused to sign a gagging clause,The Times has learnt.
Lawyers for the medical union told the doctor that such clauses were “standard” and warned him that they would no longer represent him unless he signed.
Dec 11, 2011 11:31:30 PM
By Daniel Bentley, Press Association Political Correspondent
Health Secretary Andrew Lansley has ordered a review into the hospitals
regulator’s handling of criticism of its management.
Kay Sheldon, a member of the board of the under-fire Care Quality
Commission (CQC), has said she raised concerns about chief executive
Cynthia Bower, only for them to be dismissed.
She accused Ms Bower and CQC chairwoman Dame Jo Williams of putting
“reputation-management and personal survival” ahead of patients’ best
Read more >>
Dec 7, 2011 9:16:56 PM
By Press Association Reporter
Negligence claims brought against nurses are becoming more costly and
more serious, it was reported today.
Legal costs have trebled in the past five years, according to the
bimonthly journal Nursing in Practice (NiP).
The cost of legal action brought against the Royal College of Nursing’s
(RCN) practice nurse members rose by nearly GBP2 million last year to
reach around GBP5 million, NiP said.
A MAJOR probe is under way into allegations of abuse at a psychiatric unit for some of Britain’s most troubled teenagers.
Several members of staff, a mixture of qualified nurses and support workers, have been suspended over the claims at the Roycroft Unit at St Nicholas’ Hospital in Gosforth, Newcastle.
TRURO and Falmouth MP Sarah Newton is seeking renewed assurances that the payout to a sacked hospital chief executive has not come from local NHS funds.
Mrs Newton is calling for urgent talks with bosses at the Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust (RCHT) after health campaigners claimed the total costs – believed to be in excess of £1 million – came out of the trust’s own budget.
Source: The Oxford Mail
The doctor at the heart of a whistleblowing probe has admitted a delay in dealing with some paperwork could have impacted on a “small number of patients”.
Dr Mark Huckstep was suspended from his practice at Wolvercote Surgery and Kendall Crescent Health Centre, in North Oxford, in August 2010.
It came after concerns were raised about how the practice was run and the management of patient records.
The General Medical Council (GMC) launched an investigation and Dr Huckstep was not allowed to practice in Oxfordshire. Read more >>
Every day, as often highlighted by this newspaper, those working in the health service in Northern Ireland perform miracles of modern medicine.
They work under intense pressure and frequently with a lack of resources to provide the best possible care to the thousands of people who pass through hospitals, clinics and doctors’ surgeries. Their work is not just important, it is life-saving and we should be grateful for it.
Patients have been left at risk as the country’s main health watchdog carried out 70 per cent fewer inspections in order to focus on bureaucracy, MPs say today.
he Care Quality Commission was guilty of a “significant distortion” in its priorities as it concentrated on red tape rather than checking that hospitals and care homes were safe, according to the Health Select Committee.
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Definitions of a whistle-blower
“a person who informs on someone engaged in an illicit activity” Source: Oxford dictionary
“a person who tells someone in authority about something illegal that is happening, especially in a government department or a company” Source: Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary
Or to Blow the whistle:
“bring an illicit activity to an end by informing on (the person responsible)” Source: Oxford dictionary