The NHS & The NSPCC Scandals: Spot the difference

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Spivs Comment

Don’t you find it strange that the Daily Mail are running two articles about NHS Whistle-blowers, yet do not even acknowledge the fact that I sent them a story about the biggest Childrens charity in the country – of whom the Queen is patron – employing a 7 x murderer in charge of grief counselling for traumatised children?

Do you not also find it strange that a Government minister – namely Jeremy Cunt – has jumped into this NHS storm yet neither I nor anyone else can get a dickie bird out of Fats Watson, and a host of other MP’s that I and others have contacted about this scandal. Not a single reply. Nothing. Zilch. Total silence.

Even the NSPCC have remained tight lipped despite the large number of messages left on their facebook page asking if its true. They cannot have failed to miss them because they are only too happy to answer any enquiries on other matters that have been left amongst the many calls for them to respond on the scandal.

I have made it clear that I have indisputable evidence about the claims that I have made and I have repeatedly named names of those involved. Am I being sued for libel? No, I’m not. Which reminds me… Excuse me one second.

Andrew Reid, I am still waiting for your letter regarding your vile nonce client McAlpine. I’m not getting any younger, don’t cha know.

Sorry about that. Where was I? Oh yeah…

I have even been told that people ringing the newspapers – the Independent to name but one – are having their calls cut off when enquiring as to why the media are refusing to run the story.

Now why would that be?

Well, lets follow the trail. Three highly trained, level headed Social Workers are bullied into silence after discovering that a cold blooded murderer is their boss. The murderer inexplicably removes two of the social workers from a case of child sex abuse without warning or explanation despite the social workers finally getting results after 6 months of gentle coaxing. The children were set to name those involved in a paedophile ring involving very prominent people.

Very prominent people are/were associated with the CHILDRENS charity involved in the scandal, including Jimmy Savile, Margaret Thatcher, and Peter Mandelson – none of whom should be allowed within five miles of children.

There are also indications of large scale fraud taking place for example government funding for investigating abuse yet not being undertaken by the charity and massive payments to childline who only employ volunteers.

Esther Rantzen is the figure head of child line, who is never far away from paedophile activity. For example, a little girl was sexually abused in her swimming pool. A child star was being plied with drink and drugs by paedophiles at a party Rantzen was at, yet she did nothing to stop the perverts. And, of course, by her own admittance, she had heard of Saviles activities, yet instead of reporting him to the Police, she was happy to be photographed with the cunt.

The top brass at the charity are all closely linked with the paedophiles paradise known as Common Purpose. The Queen is patron of the charity, yet it is The National Society and not the Royal Society.

Want me to further simplify all that?

Terrorist gatekeepers, Large scale fraud, Government involvement including paedophiles, common purpose, The Queen of England and The NSPCC, the national newspapers and politicians desperately trying to ignore the story… Need I say more?

Let it drop at your peril. 

Now a gag on doctors and nurses: Hundreds being prevented from exposing poor care in hospitals by ‘Stalinist’ rules

  • Gary Walker case is just the tip of the iceberg, says health boss
  • Secret deals to keep former staff quiet made ‘up and down the country’
  • Mike Parker, from the Royal College of Surgeons, said Mr Walker is ‘speaking on behalf of many’ after breaking gagging order

By TAMARA COHEN and CLAIRE ELLICOTT

PUBLISHED: 23:01, 17 February 2013 | UPDATED: 00:20, 18 February 201

 

Speaking out: The case of NHS whistleblower Gary Walker is just 'the tip of the iceberg' according to a health bossSpeaking out: The case of NHS whistleblower Gary Walker is just ‘the tip of the iceberg’ according to a health boss

Hundreds of doctors, nurses and NHS managers are being prevented from exposing poor care by  ‘Stalinist’ gagging orders.

A leading surgeon said the case of Gary Walker, who broke his silence to tell the Mail about high death rates, was just the tip of the iceberg.

Mike Parker said the secret deals to keep former staff quiet were a ‘threat to the survival of the Health Service’.

Freedom of Information requests show that 90 per cent of severance agreements between health trusts and doctors have gagging clauses. They stop frontline staff revealing their concerns about patient safety and hospital standards. Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt says he will write to all health trusts, urging them to drop the clauses or face ‘the consequences’ if they don’t.

But the row has placed question marks over the future of the most powerful man in the NHS, Sir David Nicholson, who has clung to his job despite presiding over the Mid Staffordshire hospital disaster that cost the lives of 1,200 patients.

Mr Parker, who sits on the council of the Royal College of Surgeons but was speaking in a personal capacity, said meetings with colleagues across the country had made him aware of ‘something akin to Stalinism’ in the NHS. Mr Parker said that Mr Walker – sacked as chief executive of United Lincolnshire Hospitals in 2010 – was ‘speaking on behalf of many’.

 

An investigation revealed that at least 170 hospital doctors in England and Wales had been handed gagging orders backed up by taxpayer-funded payoffs of millions of pounds when they quit. The doctors had signed severance deals with 71 NHS trusts. Fifty-five of the 64 contracts supplied by trusts – 90 per cent – had gagging clauses. Mr Parker, a laparoscopy and colorectal surgeon who has recently retired, said this approach had failed and that tough legal powers were needed to stop whistleblowers being ‘prosecuted or persecuted’.

He said: ‘It’s still going on. All we are seeing is the tip of a huge iceberg. I have spoken to colleagues up and down the country and I’m very aware of gagging orders and gagging clauses being put on doctors and surgeons.

‘It wouldn’t surprise me if there were hundreds of them out there. At the moment people are frightened of speaking out. I have the utmost admiration for this man in Lincolnshire, he is a brave man speaking on behalf of many doctors, surgeons, nurses and administrators.

Change needed: Mike Parker from the Royal College of Surgeons said tough new legal powers are needed to protect whisteblowersChange needed: Mike Parker from the Royal College of Surgeons said tough new legal powers are needed to protect whisteblowers
Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt
David Nicholson

Pressure: Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt, left, says he will write to health trusts warning them to drop the clauses while Sir David Nicholson, right, is facing calls to resign over his handling of Mid Staffordshire hospital

‘Who knows how many there may be? If the minister really wants to get to the bottom of this my suggestion is he really must implement some sort of legal intervention.

‘This sort of behaviour is very, very frightening, it’s nothing less than what you had in Stalinist Russia, and it has got to be rooted out. I think it goes right to the very top.

‘If the NHS is going to survive, this behaviour, this sort of philosophy has got to stop. It’s unacceptable in this day and age. It goes back 15 or 20 years but has been getting gradually worse and worse.’

Julie Bailey, founder of the pressure group Cure the NHS, said gagging clauses were a ‘disgrace’ in a caring profession.

‘It’s an outrage that people are silenced when they want to raise concerns about care in the NHS,’ she added. ‘It’s also worrying that many of those being gagged are doctors and nurses on the front line. Could this be one of the reasons the NHS is in the crisis it’s in? What we want Jeremy Hunt to do now is declare an amnesty for all whistleblowers and invite them to share their concerns about our Health Service.’

An investigation revealed that at least 170 hospital doctors in England and Wales had been handed gagging orders backed up by taxpayer-funded pay-offs of millions of pounds when they quitAn investigation revealed that at least 170 hospital doctors in England and Wales had been handed gagging orders backed up by taxpayer-funded pay-offs of millions of pounds when they quit
From Saturday's Mail reporting on calls from MPs and bereaved families for Sir David Nicholson to be sackedFrom Saturday’s Mail reporting on calls from MPs and bereaved families for Sir David Nicholson to be sacked

 

Sir David Nicholson had clung on to his job despite presiding over the Mid Staffordshire hospital disaster which cost the lives of 1,200 patientsSir David Nicholson has clung on to his job despite presiding over the Mid Staffordshire hospital disaster which cost the lives of 1,200 patients

Mr Parker said he knew medical staff who had tried to speak out but encountered  ‘bullying’ including threats to lose their job or lose performance-related pay, or a campaign by management to try to isolate them from their colleagues.

It emerged yesterday that Mr Walker had been forced to sign his gagging order in October 2011 just a week after the last health secretary, Andrew Lansley, wrote to trusts demanding they be banned.

The minister told hospital bosses that staff ‘need to know that they have a responsibility to raise concerns if they see risks to patient safety’ and ‘be reassured that the Government stands full square behind them’.

Mr Walker stands to lose his £500,000 payout for speaking in defiance of the order.

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‘The culture of neglect goes right to the top’: NHS chief MUST be held to account for ignoring warnings lives were at risk, says second whistleblower

  • David Bowles told Sir David Nicholson United Lincolnshire Hospitals was under ‘huge pressure’ to meet non-urgent targets
  • Said patient safety was being compromised in same way as Stafford
  • Hounded out of job as chairman just like Gary Walker

By CLAIRE ELLICOTT

PUBLISHED: 23:49, 17 February 2013 | UPDATED: 01:10, 18 February 2013

 

Hounded out: David Bowles said he told Sir David Nicholson that United Lincolnshire Hospitals was being put under 'huge pressure' to meet non-urgent targetsHounded out: David Bowles said he told Sir David Nicholson that United Lincolnshire Hospitals was being put under ‘huge pressure’ to meet non-urgent targets

A whistleblower wrote to the head of the NHS to warn his trust was ‘slipping into Mid Staffordshire territory’.

David Bowles told Sir David Nicholson that United Lincolnshire Hospitals was being put under ‘huge pressure’ to meet non-urgent targets.

He said patient safety was being compromised as it had been in Stafford where 1,200 lives are thought to have been lost needlessly.

But the 63-year-old was hounded out of his job as chairman just like Gary Walker, the trust’s former chief executive, who risked a £500,000 pay-off to break a gagging order last week.

Mr Walker exposed the way in which meeting targets was prioritised over patient care and called for Sir David’s resignation for failing to intervene.

The most powerful man in the NHS is already under pressure to quit over his role in the Mid Staffordshire scandal.

On Friday, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt attacked ‘institutional self-preservation’ in the Health Service while grieving families marched on Downing Street to call for Sir David’s resignation.

Last night, Mr Bowles demanded Sir David be held to account for his role in ‘ignoring’ an imminent scandal at his trust, which is now under investigation over the deaths of 670 patients.

In his letter of July 2009 to Sir David, Mr Bowles claims he was put under huge pressure to guarantee that the trust would meet its waiting-list targets ‘regardless of demand or any other factors’.

 

He claimed staff at the strategic health authority ‘resorted to harassment and  bullying’ and ‘demanded without caveat… an unequivocal assurance or guarantee the non-emergency 18-week targets will be met in a manner which could be construed as an attempt to bully me and my trust into becoming a Mid Staffordshire and so put patient safety at risk’.

Sir David responded to letters from Mr Bowles, Mr Walker and the trust’s board with a ‘sham review’ which failed to look into patient safety, the whistleblower claimed.

He added: ‘I am qualified to say that having carried out my own analysis into the culture in other trusts. It didn’t touch on the safety issues. It didn’t touch on the issue of the breaches of the code around over-full hospitals.’

The father of two also claims he was ordered to sack Mr Walker, but refused and was forced out of his job. He was not made to sign a gagging order.

However, he did receive a legal warning from the trust’s lawyers that stated he should not disclose the terms of the agreement sealing his departure.

Mr Bowles added: ‘David Nicholson was warned by Gary Walker and by me that the trust would start slipping into Mid Staffordshire territory if the demands to meet non-urgent targets continued.

‘Gary was taken out and shot. After he was ousted, there were letters from clinicians saying that the balance between safety and targets had changed and safety was being compromised.

Speaking out: The case of NHS whistleblower Gary Walker is just 'the tip of the iceberg' according to a health boss
David Nicholson

Ousted: Whistleblower Gary Walker, left, was ‘taken out and shot’ after warning Sir David Nicholson, right, that United Lincolnshire Hospitals trust was ‘slipping into Mid Staffordshire territory’, according to David Bowles

‘If it’s the case that patients came to harm after those letters were written because of the mindless pursuit of non-urgent targets, then those who failed to act should be held to account.’

He said his concerns about patient safety began in 2008 when staff started complaining about the conduct and behaviour of senior employees of the East Midlands Strategic Health Authority. ‘They complained of harassment and bullying and remorseless desire to meet targets at all costs,’ he added.

‘I was told that I needed to meet targets regardless of the hospital being over-full.

‘There was an unwillingness to understand that over-full hospitals are dangerous and a complete denial of guidelines that state that when hospitals are over-full, targets should be temporarily suspended.’

Pressure: David Bowles said he was told to meet targets regardless of the fact that the hospital was over-fullPressure: David Bowles said he was told to meet targets regardless of the fact that the hospital was over-full

He said he was horrified when Mr Walker told him he had been pressured to come off Red Alert, a declaration made when a hospital is too full to treat every patient.

This culminated in Mr Bowles and the trust’s board writing a letter to Sir David warning of the dangers of breaching the guidelines.

He added: ‘I was put under such pressure that I got the whole board, including Gary Walker, to refuse to put targets before patient safety. I remember Gary saying at the time: “I’m dead meat. They will come after me for this.” And sure enough, they did.’

He said when he raised concerns, it was made clear to him by Dame Barbara Hakin, who had been head of the SHA and is now head of commissioning for the NHS, that targets took precedence.

She is under investigation for allegedly putting targets before patient care.

A Department of Health spokesman said last night: ‘In 2009, Sir David swiftly commissioned an independent review to look at claims made by David Bowles and Gary Walker with regards to bullying and harassment by East Midlands SHA.

‘Allegations of this nature are taken extremely seriously. The review concluded there was no evidence whatsoever to back the claims and a summary of the review’s findings and Sir David’s response were published at the time.

‘Following concerns about the trust in 2009, Dame Catherine Elcoat, the SHA’s director of nursing carried out a full review into the quality of services.

‘The review concluded there were no immediate concerns in respect of patient safety, quality of care or quality of experience.

‘However, the review did confirm that there appeared to be a lack of strategic direction at the trust and that clinical governance arrangements were weak and action was taken to tackle this.’

An SHA spokesman said: ‘We completely refute any allegations that patient safety is not a priority at the SHA or that staff here were responsible for bullying and harassment.’

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