Hospitals ignoring whistle blowing staff afraid for patient safety in the UK
Posted May 12 2009 3:59pm
It doesn't sound like the folks in the UK, have the ability to collect potential compensation that is offered here in the US along with other legal issues. Not too long ago, doctors were also given the opportunity to become whistle blowers at hospitals too. There are laws in the UK, but one of the commenters in the article stated they are not worth the paper they are written on. We need whistle blowers everywhere to keep folks honest and transparent. BD
Just weeks after a damning report condemned failures which led to the deaths of up to 1,2000 patients at Stafford Hospital, a survey for the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) suggests that other hospitals could be turning their backs on problems putting patients at risk.
Nurses also fear that they will be victimized if they speak out about the problems, the poll reveals. The watchdog found that patients in casualty were being assessed by receptionists and poorly trained nurses who switched off equipment because they did not know how to use them.