Category Archives: Patient Stories

An NHS Manager Misdiagnosed

Bristol Histopathology Editor’s Note: This story comes from the husband of a woman who died of breast cancer, after an avoidable error with a pathology slide.  As told to Local Authority Councillors of Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire. Jane … 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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The Airline Pilot Who Lost His Wife

Martin Bromiley doesn’t think he is a “whistle-blower”. He doesn’t believe he made great sacrifices and he didn’t have to fight anyone – he just wanted to help clinicians and the NHS do things safer. And he believes his journey … Continue reading

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Beth Bowen’s Legacy

Clare Bowen is an inspiration. She has suffered appalling medical harm  but is determined to use her experiences to improve the training and insight of NHS staff, enshrine safety at the heart of healthcare and to prevent the tragedy of ‘have a go’ surgery … Continue reading

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