Guest blog: The appalling treatment of NHS whistleblowers parallels the Post Office sub-post masters scandal

 David E Ward, a distinguished retired cardiologist, formerly at St George’s Hospital, South London, responds to the judgement by Tony Hyams-Parish on the case of Dr Usha Prasad The treatment of NHS whistleblowers is a national scandal of the same iniquitous order of magnitude as the miscarriages of justice meted out to the sub-postmasters. This […]

My blog in 2021: The year the number of hits reached three million

Happy New Year to all my readers and followers. This year my blog hit another milestone since it was launched in 2009 after I left the Guardian . The number of hits on the site topped three million – 3,113, 413 to be exact. Last year this blog received 286,840 hits and over 203,000 visitors. […]

Exclusive: Three year cover up of avoidable heart patient death at Epsom and St Helier Health Trust revealed at employment tribunal

Former consultant also says old X ray machines at Epsom Hospital put staff and patients at risk from radiation when they are fitted with pacemakers Dr Richard Bogle, the former head of the cardiology department at the Epsom and St Helier University health trust, admitted to an employment tribunal that the trust should have reported […]

Are top NHS officials Stephen Powis and Zoe Penn “fit for purpose”?

They can’t or won’t explain internal NHS procedures used to dismiss the perfectly competent cardiologist Dr Usha Prasad The long drawn out saga over the dismissal of cardiologist Dr Usha Prasad by Epsom and St Helier University Hospital Trust reported earlier on this blog continues. I will be reporting soon on a lengthy Employment Tribunal […]

NHS Whistleblowers: Persecuted and trashed by managers to cover up patient safety issues

Issue much more widespread than the public realise The recent Dispatches programme and article in the Times by journalist Matthew Syed highlighted the plight of whistleblowers in the NHS citing the case of Peter Duffy, a consultant surgeon, working for the Morecambe Bay Foundation Trust. Faced with failures at the trust in the emergencies department […]

Top retired Cardiologist calls for whistle blowing to be a “routine and acceptable practice” throughout the NHS

This is a guest blog by David E Ward, a distinguished retired cardiologist, formerly at St George’s Hospital, South London, in response to my last blog on the case of Dr Chris Day and a series of blogs on the case of Dr Usha Prasad The treatment of bona fide whistleblowers working in the British […]

BMA and ex health minister Norman Lamb back whistleblower doctor Chris Day in patient safety battle

The tables are beginning to turn in a seven year battle which has cost £700,000 so far to the taxpayer between Chris Day, an anaesthetist in an intensive care unit ,employed by Lewisham and Greenwich Health Trust. The case against the trust and Health Education England has been drawn out over seven years at employment […]

Hidden justice in the NHS: Profile of Claire McLaughlan – a doctors’ career terminator and rehabilitator

The National Health Service has a largely hidden system of justice when a health trust is involved in a dispute with a doctor. It holds internal inquiries and appeals in private to decide whether a doctor should be dismissed. The people who chair and sit on the inquiry are drawn from a list that a […]

My blog in 2020: The year total visitors passed over 2 million

Happy New Year. Since this blog was launched at the very end of 2009 it has had over 2.8 million hits and over 2 million visitors – a remarkable achievement – even if I say it myself – for a single handed effort. The number of blogs on my site also topped over 1000 – […]

A bizarre tribunal hearing on the treatment of Epsom’s health trust’s sole woman cardiologist

Dispute could last a decade Last week by Zoom I attended a tribunal hearing – just one in a long running saga between the Epsom and St Helier University Trust and their former consultant, Dr Usha Prasad. This dispute which is by no means over – she has already had one employment tribunal, one employment […]