Whistleblower needs help

By February 21, 2019Public

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.

 

Jane Symons

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Jane is a freelance journalist, author and media consultant, providing a range of services including advice on media messages, writing reports and media materials, media training and crisis communications.  Her client base spans all aspects of health and medicine and includes PR agencies, charities and companies producing pharmaceutical medicines, medical devices, over-the-counter health products and food and nutrition.  Unlike many journalists who have moved over to communications consultancy, she continues to be a regular contributor to national newspapers and websites including the Express, Mail and Mirror.Jane edited the health pages of The Sun for five years and was chief sub editor of the Telegraph Magazine for three.  She had contributed to newspapers and magazines including The Times, Telegraph, Sunday Express, Woman's Own and Good Housekeeping.  She has also written a number of books including How to Have a Baby And Still Live in the Real World, which has been published in the UK, USA, Sweden and Russia.

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