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
Comment on: Warning from NMC in new social media guidance
Some of this is sensible but some might be open to question
e. Might "intimidating others on social media sites" potentially cover serious well informed criticism?
b. What does "Nurses and midwives should also avoid making “general” comments online about practice and should not discuss any issues that fall outside their LEVEL of competence" mean?
I find the comments on this article astonishing. The evidence is freely available and has not been challenged as Robert Wright points out.
The problem is that at present we do no have a level playing field so we don't always appoint the best person for the job, we appoint "people like us". I do worry how people who don't understand discrimination against staff act in respect of health inequalities that may be linked to ethnicity?
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.