Roger Kline is co-author of "Professional accountability in health and social care: Challenging unacceptable practice and its management" (Sage 2012)
Roger is a special adviser to Public Concern at Work and an active supporter of Patients First.
Roger has worked as a trade union official for eight different trade unions
It's time for trade unions, professional bodies and nurse/midwifery managers to insist nurses and midwives will NOT breach their duty of care - on the ground, in each department, supporting those who raise concerns.
Caution please: As 2012 minutes of NHS England suggest, previous reorganisations have almost certainly reduced the numbers of women, BME and (probably) disabled staff in senior positions.
Is it not possible that NHS sickness absence rates falling, not "despite rise in pressure" but because of the fear of taking time off work?
£0 to £414 millions? I'm not sure the data is all in one place to make ANY reliable estimate but "a 5% increase on current planned staffing levels" sounds hopelessly optimistic to me.
I have a concern. Is there not a potential conflict of interest here unless some due diligence is carried as to whether any of the 22 "senior" nurses and midwives lead organisations where concerns have been unsuccessfully raised by registrants about the treatment of those who raise concerns or where there are patterns of inappropriate referrals? In addition, just out of interest what proportion of the 22 will be from a BME background given that 20% of nurses and midwives are? Just asking.