Without whistleblowers, some of the most important health and medical stories in recent history may never have been told.
The Bristol heart surgery scandal, sub-standard care at Mid Staffs hospital and the deaths associated with dangerously high doses of painkillers administer at Gosport War Memorial Hospital first came to light because NHS whistleblowers had the courage to speak out — and speak to journalists.
In 2012, radiographer Sue Allison raised concerns about patient safety and cancers being missed at the Morecombe Bay NHS Foundation Trust. As Private Eye has reported (click on the image below to enlarge it), what followed was a tale of alleged bullying, non-disclosure agreements and the end of a career.
Sue believes she has been blacklisted and has taken her case to an Employment Tribunal. A hearing to test the validity of the NDA she signed is scheduled for April, but the Trust maintain her claims are vexatious and are threatened to go after Sue for costs.
Sue is trying to raise £10,000 through crowd-fund to cover her legal challenge. This link takes you to her page where you can read more, or make a donation.