Steve Turner is a healthcare professional, a nurse prescriber with experience in senior management in both the NHS and private sectors. He works as a clinician with vulnerable adults on the margins of society.
In this blog, published on Care Right Now, he reflects on the situation in England based on his experiences and those of the many people he has met as a result. All of whom experienced the backlash that can happen when organisational reputation trumps patient safety. One thing many of us have in common is that, put simply, we never intended to become known as ‘whistleblowers’ we were just trying to do our job to the best of our ability.
In conclusion, Steve looks at key areas to be worked on in order to protect the public and really ‘learn lessons’. These cross all sectors and areas of work. They include the need for an individual duty of candour (duty to tell the truth); an end to self-regulation in healthcare and elsewhere, and recognition of the value to society of those who risk everything to fight for justice and truth.
He also outlines a list of his concerns: