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NHS whistleblowing problems persist

NHS Whistleblowers still face real problems in speaking out in the health service – despite the drive to create a more open culture. Promoting whistleblowing was a key recommendation of the public inquiry into the Stafford Hospital scandal. A number of steps have since been taken in England, but Patients First warned that a “culture […]

NHS trust’s £2 million legal bill after losing battle with whistleblower

The unfair sacking of a popular NHS chief executive who angered bosses by refusing to close local cancer services has cost the taxpayer an estimated £2 million.John Watkinson, former chief executive of Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust, expressed his “relief” after the trust that sacked him admitted it would no longer fight the case. Mr […]

NHS suspend 3 whistleblowers in London

Three senior NHS staff in London claim they have been suspended for whistle blowing after raising concerns about the hospitals they work in.As NHS staff they are entitled to protection under the Public Disclosure Act 1998 from dismissal or victimisation if they have concerns about misconduct and malpractice. But the three health trusts concerned have […]

NHS Hospital whistle blower awarded £1.2m compensation after sack for cancer warning

An NHS manager unfairly dismissed “as a whistle blower” over plans to relocate cancer services out of his county has been awarded £1.2m in compensation. John Watkinson, the chief executive of the Royal Cornwall Hospital Trust (RCHT) from January 2007 until April 2009, claimed he was fired because he was about to blow the whistle […]