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Protect comment on the DAUK survey about NHS staff being silenced over PPE

Survey findings of 150 health care staff by frontline lobbying group for doctors, The Doctors’ Association has highlighted the shocking treatment of NHS doctors who dared to blow the whistle on inadequate PPE supplies, which featured on BBC Newsnight this week. The survey respondents were made up of 25% of nurses and just under 25% … Read more

Protect plead NHS Chief Execs, Boards and management to listen

Protect Chief Executive Liz Gardiner said, “COVID-19 has drastically changed the way in which we work but whistleblowing and speak up remains vital if we are to keep patients, customers and colleagues safe. Our Advice Line has been receiving Covid 19 calls and we know some NHS staff are feeling unsupported by management over public … Read more

Protect response to CQC downgrading of West Suffolk NHS Hospital

Following the CQC investigation into West Suffolk NHS Hospital, Protect Acting Chief Executive, Liz Gardiner, said: ‘Those who raised concerns and voiced their alarm about the toxic culture at West Suffolk need to be thanked for doing so. Their whistleblowing triggered a CQC inspection and the regulator has now downgraded an outstanding hospital to one … Read more

Protect statement on Guardian story ‘Staff say hospital bosses misled them in hunt for whistleblower’

A story in today’s Guardian has highlighted how bosses at West Suffolk NHS Hospital demanded fingerprint samples in a bid to identify a whistleblower. The report says that the hospital – which happens to be Health Secretary Matt Hancock’s local hospital –  used ‘bullying and intimidatory’ tactics towards doctors to seek out the identity of … Read more

Protect response to National Guardian Office report Speaking up in the NHS in England 2018/19

The National Guardian’s Office has published a report analysis of the data from Freedom to Speak Up Guardians to give a picture of what speaking up looks like in NHS trusts. The report,  Speaking up in the NHS in England, reveals over the last year cases of speaking up to guardians have risen by 73 … Read more

Protect statement: Shrewsbury & Telford NHS Trust maternity scandal

Protect Chief Executive Francesca West said, “The leaked report into the maternity failings at Shrewsbury and Telford NHS Trust are deeply upsetting and shocking. Our immediate concerns go out to all the families affected. What is very hard to comprehend is the sheer scale and length of time very serious issues have been able to … Read more