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.
We are a campaign group comprising of NHS doctors, managers and a wide-range of healthcare professionals who are committed to improving patient safety. We lobby government to change policies so that patients will have greater protection. We welcome all who believe in our cause to sign-up to our campaign. We hope to reach 100,000 supporters by the end of 2012.
In the past few years a growing number of NHS employees have raised concerns about government policies and management practices that have or could lead to harm or death of patients. Many of these people were dismissed, bullied, harassed, or victimised by the NHS for raising these concerns. Often these people settled their disputes through ‘out-of-court’ payments with special gagging clauses that prevent the general public knowing anything about what really happened.
Labour and Conservative governments have attempted to bring in a range of laws, policies and procedures such as the Public Interest Disclosure Act and guidance on compromise agreements. These have not resulted in improving the safety of NHS services. The Care Quality Commission is the Government body charged with ensuring NHS organisations are safe. They have repeatedly failed to respond to concerns from staff.
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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