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SPEAK OUT SAFELY ENDORSEMENT

David Drew: 'Nurses expect to suffer for speaking out'

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The culture in some NHS Trusts actively discourages nurses and doctors from exercising their professional responsibilities to their patients.

Staff have an expectation that either nothing will be done or they will suffer personal adverse consequences for speaking out. I support the NT SOS which I hope will result in an NHS safer for patients and fairer to nursing staff.

The NT SOS is an immensely practical response to the Francis report. It has arrived at a critical moment in NHS history. A culture has developed in which managerial power often dominates front line clinical staff and order is maintained by coercion and frank bullying. This must be redressed urgently. If not patients will continue to be at risk and staff disenchanted and demoralised. I wish NT well with its campaign.

The roles of doctors and nurses are mutually dependent. I supported nursing staff through extreme managerial bullying and  a botched redundancy programme in 2008/9. In 2010 despite my Trust describing me as an excellent clinician, a true leader and an effective manager I was dismissed for Gross Misconduct. It is not safe to tell NHS management when they get things seriously wrong.

I believe the NT SOS will inform and empower nurses to stand up and speak when managers lose sight of their responsibilities to patients.

As an NHS consultant I have seen the effects of managerial bullying on nursing staff. I reported this with evidence and witnesses to the highest level in my Trust in 2009. No action was taken against the managers. I was dismissed for Gross Misconduct.

This demonstrates the present skewed power balance between management and clinical staff. I believe this needs urgent redress and I hope that the NT SOS coming in the wake of the Francis report will help achieve this.

David Drew, NHS Whistleblower.

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Readers' comments (30)

  • Nurses should not expect to suffer at the hands of Neanderthal management. Only a political campaign aimed at clearing out anachronistic and possibly psychopathic management will rid the service of this bureaucratic cancer. Nurses and their representatives need to mobilise MPs in all constituencies to lend their weight to a massive purge. And massive it will be: all those culpable high level managers and directors who have allowed this situation to develop will have recruited in their own image.

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  • You are a hero David Drew.

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  • appalling that experienced and excellent clinicians are being lost to the profession and to their patients through gross management misconduct. it is far cheaper and briefer to train a manager than it is a clinician and they are two a penny, should be sacked for poor conduct and can be easily replaced. Lets hope to move forward to a better future with excellence in both patient care and staff support central to everybody's concerns.

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  • I applaud NTs efforts, but I am not holding my breath. It would take a huge and sustained effort to turn this bullying management culture around. The main perpetrators are not being weeded out. Rather they are being moved sideways or promoted. And as a result of the Francis Report.

    It is a start, but it will need more than a campaign from a not very widely read publication.

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    David Drew you are a good, honest, ethical, moral person. You can't put a price on that.

    Not many of you's around but all the while we have a few good men and women all is not lost.

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  • tinkerbell | 16-Mar-2013 1:34 pm

    they are many but they are unnoticed as they are the ones who care about their patients and go quietly about their jobs without causing trouble.

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    Anonymous | 16-Mar-2013 2:20 pm

    of course, i should have inserted i was referring to politicians.

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  • tinkerbell | 16-Mar-2013 3:27 pm

    Anonymous | 16-Mar-2013 2:20 pm

    there are probably also some very good politicians. stop blaming everything on everybody else.

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  • Anonymous | 16-Mar-2013 5:31 pm

    There are some very incompetent and dangerous politicians and executives who wield too much power. Let's be clear here. Patients have died because of the bullying, target obsessed culture of the NHS and these people are very much to blame. The evidence exists. Read the Francis Report on Mid Staffs.

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  • Anonymous | 16-Mar-2013 2:20 pm

    Unfortunately, too many "go quietly about their jobs without causing trouble." Not speaking out about poor care and all the causes which lead to patients suffering and dying within the NHS, is actually very damaging. The government and NHS managers are definitely at fault, but so are those nurses who see danger and do nothing to prevent harm to their patients. Nothing to be proud of. More nurses need to 'cause trouble' and fight for their patients.

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