Phil Hammond, Professor Sir Brian Jarman Professor Peter Beresford, Professor Stephen Bolsin.
Our purpose is to reduce death and harm in the NHS by campaigning for the UK Government to create policies and laws that ensure the NHS becomes open and accountable and we will actively support all those who raise concerns about patient safety.
To do that we need money as we have no Government funding and rely entirely on voluntary support. If you agree with our aims and would like to support us we would ask you to become a member.
The NHS is at a crossroads. The report by Robert Francis on the terrible scandal of Mid Staffordshire came in the midst of other serious challenges for the NHS. One of the key lessons from the inquiry was that complaints were not listened to and concerns from staff were not acted upon. Nursing staff who raised concerns were threatened and a number of medical staff who had raised concerns were ignored. There was not a listening culture. The Board were more prioritised financial and other targets. We hear of similar problems with the health service culture in Scotland and Northern Ireland. The issues that frontline staff face appear to be the same throughout the UK, to a greater or lesser degree.
Patients First began as a network of NHS whistleblowers but we are now looking to gain broader support. Most of us will need access to safe healthcare for ourselves or our families. Our aim is to reduce death and harm in the NHS by campaigning for the UK Governments to create policies and laws that ensure the NHS becomes open and accountable. So far we have met with the Health minister in Northern Ireland to discuss these issues and the Cabinet Secretary for Health in Scotland a number of times. Our campaign to end the use of gagging clauses seems to be having an impact, but we urge caution as the policy needs to be enforced. We are also pressing the regulators on matters related to transparency, and fairness for frontline staff, and we are seeking a full inquiry by the Health Select Committee. Recently we have submitted a carefully considered case to the commission into whistleblowing led by Public Concern at Work.
PF volunteers in our network try to support frontline staff and we signpost to other sources of help and advice, but our main aim is the campaign. We support a review of PIDA ( Public Interest Disclosure Act), and other means of protection for whistleblowers, and seek to create a health service where the principles of openness, transparency and candour mean all staff at every level, alongside patients, are able to raise concerns without fear of detriment.
Recently our founder, Dr Kim Holt, was listed as one of HSJ 100 clinical leaders in their inaugural list along with Professor Brian Jarman, Professor Stephen Bolsin, Dr Phil Hammond, and Dr Peter Wilmshurst, all active supporters of our campaign. This gives us heart that our mission is right and supported by a broad medical base. We also have a number of MPs now actively campaigning on our behalf, asking parliamentary questions and seeking justice for those who have lost their jobs through whistleblowing.
BECOME A MEMBER
We are currently reviewing our membership options but if you have any queries in the meantime you can email us on the below emails.
for membership queries England, Wales, Northern Ireland contact Amanda on ALP3@outlook.com
for membership queries Scotland contact Kathleen White firstname.lastname@example.org
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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