Cure the NHS share their support for the Speak out Safely campaign.
Cure the NHS (CTNHS) is a group of relatives that was formed in 2007 following the disaster at Mid Staffs hospital where hundreds of patients lost their lives unnecessarily.We now know no one felt able to speak out safely to raise concerns at Mid Staffs and many of our loved ones suffered because of it.
The launch of the Nursing Times Speak out Safely campaign has come at an important time for frontline staff working in the NHS and for patients.
The aim of the campaign is for honesty and transparency within the NHS, a duty of candour on individuals and a review of current legislation to protect those who raise concerns. Evidence has told us that frontline workers within NHS organisations haven’t felt protected to raise concerns over patient safety or poor practice amongst colleagues, those who have, haven’t been protected by current legislation.
CTNHS welcome and support the campaign and we are already getting feedback from the frontline that their workplaces are listening and responding to their concerns. Staff are beginning to feel able to speak up for patients and themselves.
Nurses are our eyes and ears and the best placed to raise concerns about patient safety. This campaign has the potential to ensure that there is never another Mid Staffs.
Julie Bailey and Deb Hazeldine, Cure the NHS