Author Archives: Dr Phil Hammond

Stephen Bolsin’s Story: Too many babies were damaged and dying

Stephen Bolsin is a British anaesthetist, patient safety expert and medical ethicist whose actions as a whistleblower exposed and finally ended incompetent paediatric cardiac surgery at the Bristol Royal Infirmary in 1995. His actions lead to the implementation of clinical governance … Continue reading

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Whistleblower Dr David Drew refuses to take the hush money

Whistleblowing paediatrician Dr David Drew had an unblemished career for 37 years, the last 18 in Walsall, until he was sacked in December 2010 for “gross misconduct and insubordination.”  Dr Drew had been medical lead for the paediatric department at … Continue reading

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Dr Peter Gooderham, the Whistleblowers’ Friend

Dr Peter Gooderham, a doctor turned academic lawyer, devoted much of his working life to the study and support of NHS Whistleblowers. Peter died suddenly and unexpectedly on February 9, 2011 a few days after his 46th birthday.  Below is a … Continue reading

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Ken Lownds on Curing the NHS

Ken Lownds Born in Longton the most southerly of the six Potteries towns and attending secondary school in next door Newcastle–under–Lyme Ken left the Midlands to read Classics at King’s College London.  His career splits into two phases, first a … Continue reading

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Health Care Trust: an Oxymoron?

Mitzi Blennerhassett I am a patient advocate, activist, medical writer and author, and have worked alongside patient-centred health professionals to improve services at local and national level. My book, ‘Nothing Personal, disturbing undercurrents in cancer care’, was a winner in the … Continue reading

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Jean Trainor’s Famous Last Words

Jean Trainor died on July 4, 2011. She was wonderfully warm and funny but also passionate about the NHS, having served as Deputy Chief Executive, NHS Confederation 1986 -1998, Chair, South Birmingham Mental Health Trust 1998 – 2002  and Vice-Chair, … Continue reading

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