NHS whistleblowing

Last Friday, Ian Lakin and I performed the premiere of our show condition Critical, a programme of songs and poems about the NHS. One strand of that was the pressure of management in the hospitals, to ensure that bad news is controlled, and to dissuade staff from speaking out. In today’s Guardian, a week later, There’s a graphic reinforcement of that. Raj Mattu, a heart doctor in Coventry, was sacked nine years after he first spoke out about dangerous conditions. To save money, the hospital was squeezing five beds into bays designed for four. the NHS watchdog condemned this policy, and said death rates at the hospital were higher than should have been expected. The Warwickshire NHS Trust spent more than £6 million on a campaign to vilify, bully and harass Mattu out of a job he loved. Finally, he’s been vindicated by an employment tribunal, but it’s been a long hard road. what exactly would it take for management to accept that there might be a benefit in listening to what whistleblowers are saying?