With the scandal of Staffordshire back in the news again, and the knock on effect, also this not being an isolated incident. I write regularly and widely about the cultures that exist.
Medical staff MUST be able to do their jobs, confident that if they see a need to blow the whistle they can do so without being bullied or losing their careers.
The same applies to patients and the public, we must be able to speak out about poor care and bad behaviour, this of course balanced with praise where due in the NHS or beyond.
The paper attached to this petition was written by a doctor who did work at the coal face and blew the whistle early on. If enough signatures appear on the petition then the DoH will be more likely to read the actual paper, written with detail and thought by medical staff who were there and have inside knowledge of the system.
We need our care more than ever, and people must be allowed to speak freely. The formal complaints system does not work.... it leaves patients and staff worn out, gobbles up vital funds and leaves people having to go to the lawyers, further draining funds.