Citizen comment: Protect the fabulous NHS and allow doctors and nurses to tell the truth about care
THE Citizen has always stood four-square behind the NHS. We believe that it is perhaps the greatest institution we have in the everyday life of this country.
We also say we have a track record to prove it – that our nurses and doctors do a great job.
However, recent scandals in our health service lead us to conclude we must have Care with Dignity.
And we also conclude there must be far more openness in the NHS. This will allow so-called whistleblowers to voice concerns without disciplinary proceedings or gagging orders. After all, what's wrong with the truth?
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Do we automatically believe a complaint from a nurse or doctor to be untrue and not warranted of detailed investigation? Any part of the NHS run like this deserves to look into its own working and culture.
We urge you to read the letter (on the opposite page) received by The Citizen from a former nurse at Holly House, the mental health unit in Gloucester.
She writes: "I have long felt that the major fault in the NHS is the culture of frequent service redesign, blame and scapegoating".
We need to ensure NHS whistleblowers are treated seriously. Care with Dignity will only be the norm if people working in the NHS are not frightened of exposing deficiencies in this much-loved service.
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