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Julie Fagan

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  • Comment on: Inquiry: nurses who raised concerns about painkiller overuse were ignored

    Julie Fagan's comment 22 June, 2018 6:31 pm

    What these reports into failings keep showing is that the NMC is fundamentally flawed in the way it responds to referrals.
    Innocent staff that have had false allegations made against them, are presumed guilty unless they can demonstrate their innocence and even then the manager’s word may be believed against theirs. The closed Facebook group ‘NMC Watch: registrant care’ is gathering many stories of these NMC injustices.
    Terrible situations like this one at Gosport and Morecombe Bay demonstrate the other side of the NMC’s failings where they have some sort of institutional blindness and find no case to answer.
    In other words, there is something fundamentally flawed with this organisation that is spectacularly failing in its purpose. But nothing will change and lessons haven’t so far been learnt, so why now?
    Julie Fagan, founder member of Campaign Against Unnecessary Suspensions and Exclusions

  • Comment on: Swarm: a quick and efficient response to patient safety incidents

    Julie Fagan's comment 16 September, 2017 9:38 pm

    The key aspect of this way of dealing with critical safety events is that no blame is being sought, unlike current systems.
    That's not to say there is no responsibility but usually staff do not make mistakes on purpose. Invariably there were mitigating circumstances such as staff shortages.
    At the www.suspension-nhs.org website, the story is so different. Staff are scapegoated and punished and their lives made intolerable. I wish I was exaggerating but sadly too many people tell the same story of the harm they have suffered.
    Please God this way of dealing with mistakes will be taken up more widely for everyone's sake. Congratulations to these people and thank you.
    Julie Fagan, founder member Campaign Against Unnecessary Suspensions and Exclusions UK (CAUSE)

  • Comment on: Nurse facing hefty legal bill after unsuccessful bid to sue NMC

    Julie Fagan's comment 4 August, 2017 11:43 am

    It is disastrous when people who flag up serious concerns are then silenced by their organisation. The Secretary of State for Health, Jeremy Hunt is well aware of this serious problem and in the foreword to a document written to explain how concerns should be dealt with, Mr Hunt wrote: - ‘Staff should be supported and protected when they raise concerns, as well as praised for their courage and thanked by management as a key part of the effort to build a safe, effective and compassionate culture that patients, service users, the public and the overwhelming majority of staff across health and social services expect.’
    The document is called ‘Raising concerns at work’ and it can be read or downloaded at www.wbhelpline.org.uk published in 2014 by the whistleblowing helpline.
    How different it would be if the excellent guidelines were followed.
    Julie Fagan, founder member of CAUSE (Campaign Against Unnecessary Suspensions and Exclusions in the NHS (UK))

  • Comment on: Nurse facing hefty legal bill after unsuccessful bid to sue NMC

    Julie Fagan's comment 4 August, 2017 11:42 am

    I’m so sorry to hear what has happened to Vasanta Suddock after her brave decision to try and flag up NMC failings in her case, wrecking her career, and experienced by others too when the NMC don’t properly investigate prior to a hearing or when it is one person’s word against another’s, when the word of the manager is believed against the word of the registrant.
    The person facing false allegations also has to fight their corner alone if they don’t have union support whilst the trust uses experienced barristers who have to take the word of the managers even when they doubt the truth of what they are saying.
    A solicitor who has supported registrants through the www.suspension-nhs.org website expressed his shock at the size of the team involved against himself and the registrant when representing them at a Fitness to Practice hearing at the NMC, which he sees as an incredible waste of public funds.
    The whole process is a devastating disaster for the registrant. Whistleblow? No get out first and find another job and then blow the whistle.
    Julie Fagan, founder member of CAUSE (Campaign Against Unnecessary Suspensions and Exclusions in the NHS (UK))

  • Comment on: Final panel decision and reasons: How should the panel treat a nurse who restrained a resident with dementia to cut their nails?

    Julie Fagan's comment 3 May, 2017 11:36 am

    It is really hard to weigh up when we don't hear what the nurse has said herself about what happened or know the mitigating factors.
    Did she really not express any remorse and if so, why not? Why did she behave like this which seems to have been out of character - unblemished career.
    At suspension-nhs.org we know of people who have been referred to the NMC who say the general approach to them was that they were guilty unless they could prove their innocence and that they were disbelieved because a manager said otherwise.
    Sometimes it seems staff need help not judgement....
    Julie Fagan, founder member of CAUSE UK and the website

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