Author Archives: Andrew Bousfield

DR HAKIN AND THE GMC

We referred Dr Hakin to the GMC on what we considered serious evidence of ignoring harm.  When it comes to complaints to the GMC, they are happy to pay external lawyers to peruse and cogitate, but not to follow their … Continue reading

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TIMES IS HARD AT THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH

Times is hard.  A recent survey of hard pressed mandarins at the Department of Health is gruesome reading.  The results have been obtained by Medical Harm and are published here.  It starts with only 35% of DH workers recommending it … Continue reading

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MID STAFFS: THE INQUIRY’S VERY OWN SIR HUMPHREY

£50 for anyone who can send us a correct image.     Every public inquiry has a “secretary”.  Somebody  usually parachuted in from the civil service department under criticism to provide back office support.  This role can be very important. … Continue reading

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CYNTHIA: GOODBYE THEN

So Goodbye then Cynthia Bower, who quit one day after the piece in the Eye’s last edition questioning when she would Bower out.  Cynthia Bower was originally exposed in Private Eye’s special investigation, Shooting the Messenger, for conducting a lame … Continue reading

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MID STAFFS: THE GAGGED REPORTER

When Shaun’s tweets were mysteriously pulled from Twitter, Twitter exploded with questions into the Wolverhampton Star’s offices.  A Star health reporter one moment, pulled from Twitter and the health desk the next moment.  A popular Welsh anaesthetist on Twitter, @WelshGasDoc, … Continue reading

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MID STAFFS: WHAT WERE THE BEANCOUNTERS UP TO?

What were two internationally renowned firms of beancounters doing at Mid Staffs shortly before the shit hit the fan?  Robert Francis has studiously avoided taking any evidence in his Inquiry from the beancounters, so MedicalHarm has decided to ask the … Continue reading

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CQC: I HAVE A LEAFLET

It was with grandiose language and some fanfare that Jill Finney announced the CQC’s latest ‘initiative’ to the Health Select Committee.  In response to the “fundamental problem” that Stephen Dorrell of doctors being gagged, Jill Finney was pleased to announce … Continue reading

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Dr Mark Porter in Parliament: The Whole Truth and Nothing But The BMA’s Truth

  To the Health Committee of Parliament, Dr Mark Porter of the BMA perched to give evidence and was absolutely, categorically, jaw-clenchingly certain.  He said, “I have no specialist knowledge of the case of Dr Mattu… I have not been … Continue reading

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Who’s “W” At The Department of Health

“W” Civil servants have often toiled with openness like a terminal immune system illness.  And David Cameron’s new commitment to openness and transparency does not seem to have made any impression on the mandarins at the wheel in the Department … Continue reading

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The Full 21 Ways To Skin A Whistleblower

Private Eye published, due to very restricted space, an edited version of our hymn to deviousness and destruction of medics with surgical or safety concerns in the NHS, our manual on how to silence a whistleblower.  Our original 21 methods … Continue reading

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