LITTLE STORIES OF LIFE AND DEATH @NHSWHISTLEBLOWR
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Dr David Drew
The NHS is a wonderful institution. It largely provides what its founders intended: medical care for all from cradle to grave, free at
the point of use and funded by general taxation. Nevertheless, its not perfect. Scandals at the Bristol Childrens Heart Unit and, more
recently, at Stafford General Hospital, Furness General Hospital and Heart of England Foundation Trust, have shaken public
confidence. Abysmal care and, worse, the cover-up of patient harm and avoidable death, have come to light. It is against this
background that I offer my own story. I was one of those doctors who spoke up for patients and suffered the consequences...
The scandals of poor care and repeated cover-ups in the NHS in recent years have raised serious questions about the
mistreatment of NHS whistleblowers. This book is autobiographical and offers the first detailed account of the ruin
of a highly competent senior doctor who blew the whistle.
Dr David Drew was a NHS consultant at Walsall Manor Hospital for over 19 years, including 7 spent as head of the
paediatric department, before ongoing concerns over the state of poor care led him to become a whistleblower. This
put him on a collision course with senior NHS hospital managers. Removed as head of department, he was
suspended on trumped up charges, faced allegations of mental illness and disciplinary action and was dismissed for
Gross Misconduct and Insubordination.
Davids eye-opening account gives a unique insight into the NHS procedures that are used to dispose of senior
managements critics at the cost of patient care.
There are no pseudonyms here, just glaring honesty backed up by thousands of pages of supporting documents and other evidence.
Given the fate that befalls most NHS whistleblowers, it is brave almost beyond belief. Drew is the doctor who wouldnt be
silenced. And he deserves to be listened to. The truth and reconciliation the NHS so badly needs starts here. Read it and speak.
Phil Hammond, doctor, journalist, broadcaster, medical correspondent for
Private Eye and Patron of Patients First
PUBLISHED 28th September 2014
Paperback £10.99 / Ebook £TBC
ISBN 9781783065233 / eISBN TBC
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