Whistle-blowers must be heard and protected otherwise impunity and corruption triumphs. Another vital expose of the confounding mess at taxpayers expense caused ultimately by stealth privatisation and concomitant lack of accountability.
By Dr Minh Alexander NHS whistleblower and former consultant psychiatrist 28 July 2019
| Summary: The model of internal, nominated whistleblowing officers was spawned in the corridors of Whitehall by Sir Humphrey and enforced by Francis Urquhart. It is huge joke on unsuspecting plebs, who must of course be kept in their place.
It led to the English network of Freedom To Speak Up Guardians who were employed by NHS Trusts and the Scottish whistleblowing Champions, who were directors of Health Boards.
FOI data revealed that despite Robert Francis’ promises that Guardians would provide ‘independent’ advocacy for NHS whistleblowers, hardly any Freedom To Speak Up Champions were escalating matters to the National Guardian.
Similarly, FOI data reveals that Scottish Whistleblowing Champions are escalating very few matters to either the Scottish Health Minister or NHS Scotland.
Feedback from Scottish Whistleblowing Champions raises additional doubts about the effectiveness of the role.
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