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Student nurses need duty to speak out ‘ingrained’ in training, says Hunt


I know I keep banging on about toxic management culture, but it does need addressing. My first introduction as to what happens when you do speak out came as a student nurse in 1986 (hear that Mr Hunt? We knew about this stuff even then) at a large mental hospital. Several of us reported concerns about standards of care on one ward(the stuff we didn't report was even worse, but we couldn't substantiate it). Our concerns came to the ear of the then DNS, who was given to profuse public statements about how good his hospital was...He didn't want to know anything about the substance of our concerns. He only wanted to know our names...The only name let slip to him later found themselves in front of the UKCC (as was) on some trumped up charge with the main witnesses against them being cronies of the DNS... Now, Mr Hunt, what are you going to do to sort out the Augean stable that is NHS management culture, so that clinicians feel safe raising concerns?

Posted date

5 November, 2014

Posted time

2:49 pm