I recommend becoming a blogger. Your voice will be heard by some and hopefully, be recognised for the contribution you are making. I’ve become a blogger out of sheer frustration and in desperation, since a group of us have tried to be heard in the Department of Health, to no avail, for the staff who are wrongfully suspended. A very different subject and yet a very useful indicator that things are going very wrong in a trust. It is easy to set up (I have to confess to the invaluable help of a son!) and all yours. My blog is in its infancy – www.nhsmanagersexposed.blogspot.com – but it is a great relief to get the conversations out of my head that have been there for many years as I read the distress of good staff who are being destroyed. So once again, try blogging to be heard. Setting up a twitter account is my next step! Julie Fagan, Founder member of CAUSE (www.suspension-nhs.org)
My experience of the NMC through registrants who have been wrongly accused of malpractice, even when they have the evidence to refute the allegations and there is no substantiated evidence, or they have been scapegoated, or are a whistleblower, or have made the 1st mistake ever but this has given the trust an excuse for getting rid of them when they are on a staff reduction exercise – is that the NMC panels ie solicitors and barristers, have not the faintest clue about ward conditions or lying managers. Mitigating circumstances, and an unblemished and long service record count for nothing with these people too. The cases take days.No wonder fees have increased so astronomically. People are interviewed who have no clinical experience such as human resources staff. And the unions? Where are they? Well they are playing the game and as they may well think the poor registrant is guilty in some way, often do nothing to defend them. Very often, they work closely with management anyway. People’s only hope is to take their own expert witness along to give an alternative view and then hope for the best. It’s a slim chance Julie Fagan, www.suspension-nhs.org and CAUSE founder member
Comment on: NMC increases transparency on struck off nurses
Oh dear. I’m so sad to read this latest depressingly, terrible ineptitude of the NMC. They miss malfunctioning managers and have had to have Dame Fradd look at their processes to see how they can improve taking action against these people. Now you need a solicitor if you get reported (in some cases wrongly and others maliciously with unsubstantiated evidence). You also need an expert witness because the solicitors don’t understand mitigating circumstances or NHS processes that allow kangaroo courts and the dismissal of clear evidence that would clear the registrant if anyone would look at it. Hard to believe I know but too often the case, as reported to us at www.suspension-nhs.org. It also explains the huge fee hike and the ever lengthening time it takes for cases to be dealt with. The unions are just going along with it all I’m afraid. They will have to increase their fees to pay for their defending solicitors. So many of the people being struck off, shouldn’t even be there as others have said already and as for people who make genuine mistakes, you can be sure they will never ever do that again. So where is the justice. It is frightening and at the very least, join a union, don’t allow your membership to lapse and get active to campaign against these terrible injustices. Julie Fagan founding member Campaign Against Unnecessary Suspensions and Exclusions CAUSE
Comment on: Have you ever made a drug error?
I have just been given notice of an excellent guide from the NHS Patient Safety First that addresses the need to look at human factors that contribute to errors. It hopes to help change the culture of blame that inhibits learning from mistakes, with case studies to illustrate the points they are making. If only managers and staff would implement these approaches, it would stop the need for our support and information website - www.suspension-nhs.org! One can hope. Julie Fagan founder member Campaign Against Unnecessary Suspensions and Exclusions UK CAUSE
Comment on: 'Whistleblowing' charter launched
And what action will be taken against managers who fail to respond and even attack the person raising concerns as so often happens at present, in order to silence them? This will make no difference at all in malfunctioning organisations because it doesn't address this barrier to safe reporting. Another missed opportunity. Julie Fagan www.suspension-nhs.org and CAUSE