Health minister Ben Bradshaw has appeared to add his support to nurse whistleblower Margaret Haywood.
Speaking in a Westminster Hall adjournment debate on whistleblowing, Mr Bradshaw said: ‘The RCN…has made it clear that it thinks, given the range of sanctions available, the decision to strike Ms Haywood off was unduly harsh.
Having studied the report myself and considered the wider implications of the ruling on our whistleblowing policy, I have to say I agree with the RCN’s position on this case.’
Having too few trained nurses on hospital wards is linked with a daily 3% increase in the risk of patient death, which does not reduce when staffing gaps are plugged with nursing assistants, new UK research has found.
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