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 Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust (WHNT) for 7 years until April 2008.  From October 2008 to April 2009, he raised numerous concerns about child protection, heating failures, cold babies, understaffing and bullying. He was largely ignored.

In April 2009 following a verbal complaint by the Head Nurse, Drew was excluded for 6 weeks. A National Clinical Assessment Service (NCAS) report found that the Medical Director had reported Drew as obstructive, unmanageable, possibly psychotic and guilty of leaking details of a murdered child to the press. He said Drew was a danger to both staff and patients. He sent Drew an urgent psychiatric appointment and wrote that he was excluding Drew ‘on NCAS advice’. This was untrue. 6 weeks later, the MD asked Drew to go back to work.

An internal investigation concluded “no case to answer” and after a period of illness requiring high dose steroids for 4 weeks Drew returned. In October 2009 he wrote to the CEO registering further concerns about the department including bullying. He also registered a grievance against the MD for wrongful exclusion. He met the trust chair with the BMA and he agreed to an Independent Review of Drew’s grievance and of relationships in the department.

A Review Panel was commissioned by recommendation of the Royal College of Paediatrics and reported on 26 March 2010. It found that, from October 2008, the paediatric department had been run by three managers ‘lacking in paediatric knowledge, managerially aggressive and failing to engage front line clinical staff.’  The trust was instructed not to allow two of them to work in the department again. Drew was not allowed to see the trust’s statement.  Witnesses were interviewed but no statements were taken. Hand written notes of interviews were made but all records of these were subsequently destroyed. 

The CEO and Drew had the only 2 copies of the report. It described corporate failure to manage paediatrics at every level. The Board, Executive, Managers and clinicians, including Drew, were criticised. The Board (as of 8/4/11) was not allowed to see the unabridged version on the grounds of “confidentiality”. The Hospital Consultant body asked to see the report but were not allowed to.  The Medical Director (severely criticised in the report) resigned shortly afterwards but is alleged – in minutes of a Consultant meeting 30 September 2010 – to have given an inaccurate account of the Review to middle managers. 

In March 2011 the CEO wrote demanding that Drew accept the full report without reservation or clarification. Drew asked for a meeting but instead received an appointment for a disciplinary hearing. This was cancelled at BMA insistence as it was in breach of trust policy. In June 2010 Drew met the CEO with the BMA and was offered a package worth £242,000 to leave immediately. Drew was required to sign a gagging clause. He replied in writing that this was a bribe which he could not accept.

Disciplinary proceedings were then started culminating in a 2 day hearing up against an aggressive WHNT solicitor.  The BMA would not provide legal representatives for internal hearings and Drew could not afford to pay one. Drew was sacked and his subsequent appeal, on April 8 2011, failed. He is taking the Trust to an employment tribunal but the BMA has declined to represent him. The Trust will have very expensive, publically funded, legal representation. WHNT was shown all these allegations but declined to comment prior to the tribunal.

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23 Responses to Whistleblower Dr David Drew refuses to take the hush money

  1. Dee Speers says:

    6 years in NHS Complaints and nothing surprises me anymore. Letters not answered, notes going missing, records amended, no adherance to policy or national guidance, Executive nurses not on register, midwifery in chaos, Senior managers “jumping ship” just before investigation Reports are published. Senior managers telling ward staff lies et al et al!I cant believe the press dont take this on!

    At least like the Trust, you don’t have to remember which lies you have told, as the truth remains the same! Seems appalling slanderous comments on your character too. Thank you for your bravery and tenacity.

  2. Paul says:

    I’m a little confused by this post. Are you really expecting me to believe that the BMA will take on the Government over NHS Reform, but won’t take on a single NHS Trust over safety issues?

    If the post is correct then story is simple: babies and safety. That’s a story that it would be easy to sell to the media and so get public support, and then force real and effective change. Why isn’t the BMA doing this, let alone ensuring the support of all the doctors at Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust?

    Does someone need to tell Andrew Lansley and David Cameron that the BMA are just full of hot air?

    • David Drew says:

      It is difficult to compress a complex story into 600 words. The concerns I raised, my wrongful exclusion and the subsequent Independent Review of the department occasioned by my request with the BMA resulted in an injection of resources into paediatrics. Two managers were removed. A full time Clinical Director with recent training and experience in service development and quality improvement was appointed for 9 months to modernise us. This role is typically allocated a few hours a week. Anyone remember Recommendation 92 from the Kennedy Report? http://www.bristol inquiry.org.uk/final_report/report/sec2chap30_21.htm New consultants and senior nurses were appointed. This coincided with a move to a new purpose-built facility (PFI). This has not surprisingly resulted in a much improved and I am informed lower risk service which I commend to all Walsall families.

      Without the representations I made I believe that the Trust including Board and Executive would have continued to fail to take seriously the management of a key service. That is all history now and I was told that “the past is the past” and has to be forgotten. The Trust then used the report against me to secure my dismissal.

      Firstly the Trust and the Review Panel did not allow me to see the Trust Statement of Case against me (since this was supposed to be a Review of my grievance against the Medical Director I did not even know the Trust had a case against me.) and I only obtained this after my dismissal using the Data Protection Act. If the doctor described in that statement worked for me I would have wanted him sacked immediately. But the document was grossly unfair and I was not allowed to see it.

      Secondly the Review did not ask me about the majority of the untrue or exaggerated allegations made against me so I had no opportunity to defend myself. The statement gave an untrue version of a clinical incident and informed the Review that the Trust considered this an act of misconduct on my part. They said they were not taking action on this but reserved the right to do so. The Review did not discuss this with me in any detail but pronounced on it in their report.

      Thirdly the way the Review was set up was irregular to say the least. The Trust Statement and supporting data were kept from me. All staff interviews were done under a guarantee of non-attribution and confidentiality. No statements were taken. handwritten notes of interviews were made but shredded once the final report was signed off.

      Fourthly the report was tersely written with a number of important ambiguities and no evidence.

      The report was given to me and to the CEO only. The CEO quickly demanded that I accept the report in full without reservation. She refused any discussion or clarification on the only 2 points I raised.
      I asked to meet without the BMA but recieved an appointment for a disciplinary hearing from the CEO working with the support of the Director of HR. The trust solicitor, 7 months after my sacking, claims this was a “mistake”. No-one ever told me or apologised. It is this lack of transparency, this absolute failure to engage with a senior consultant, these bullying behaviours, this culture of achieving compliance by force that is so very distressing and so depressing. All the worse when it is clear that this is being driven from the highest level in the organisation.

      I do not want to go into detail about why I was finally arraigned but it related to my behaviour as a Christian in the hospital. It was claimed without any evidence that I was “imposing” my religious and wider (only God knows what that means as the Trust refused to explain) beliefs on hospital staff. I was instructed to desist. I was also told that I must desist from all verbal and written religious reference at work. All of this originated with managers who I was in conflict with and who had a score to settle. I did not see any evidence for these allegations until I was shown them by the investigator in my final disciplinary. The Trust made allegations and then recommendations and gave instructions that I was to cease doing something while at the same time refusing to give details of exactly what I was supposed to have done. No discussion. The Chairman of the Review in his statement to the investigator claimed that I habitually, in professional meetings, stood, put my hand on my heart and said, “I am a Christian..”, implying that my word was of more value than others. I was labelled as a religious bigot. I can say with confidence that this is a fabrication.

      As it is I am an orthodox Christian who struggles to make sense of his faith in the modern world. I am a Christian with questions. I do not impose any belief on anyone. I have coexisted peacefully with colleagues of all faiths and none for many years. This allegaion was started by managers who I was in conflict with and developed by senior management as leverage against me. But it was my refusal to accept this imposition which led directly to my dismissal. I think that it is pretty fair to say that when they have got you in their sights they will use any reason you may give them to act against you.

      Well Paul, I hope that helps. Private Eye is my chosen media outlet and it has taken some time to come to fruition. Perhaps you are a bit naive about much of the press. Sell copy and move on. The BMA IRO has been a massive support to me and I am grateful. I have seen no sign that the BMA really support whistleblowers as a matter of policy. I am afraid that the legal support is inadequate but that is the systems fault. The support members get from Gately Wareing is determined by a contractual agreement. You will not get legal representation at Tribunal if the assessment is that you have a less than 50% chance of winning. And if the Trust solicitor has done his work it will be tied up in employment law so that you will not have. The main emphasis is on financial settlement. That is OK for some but not for me although the cash would be useful.

      The truth is that Employment Law and PIDA are not fit implements for adjudicating the cases of clinicians that have raised genuine, detailed, honest and sincere concerns about patient care. That is all I did. I have a clear conscience. There is something fundamentally wrong with a system that can judge a highly motivated, dedicated, professional like me guilty of gross misconduct and insubordination after 37 years of blameless service. But this is not the greatest injustice a man has had to suffer and I will live with it.

      • Paul says:

        Thanks for the reply David.

        You say “I have seen no sign that the BMA really support whistleblowers as a matter of policy”, and that is my point really. Why is it that the BMA will take on the Government over its NHS Reforms, but didn’t seem to support you and take on the Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust over a safety/quality of care issue? And where was the support from your colleagues?

        All this, combined with the first two comments on this HSJ article http://www.hsj.co.uk/comment/leader/getting-clinicians-to-speak-up-is-the-real-key-to-fighting-poor-care/5033128.article suggest to me

        - that you are an oddity, a doctor who actually cares about patients! and
        - that many of your colleagues put their relationship with the NHS before their duties to their patients.

        As a result it seems that as usual, patients come last in the NHS. What else can we expect when they have so little power. It also seems that professionalism in the NHS is very poor. Hopefully Stephen Dorrell MP’s comments http://www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/commons-select/health-committee/news/11-07-26-nmcreportpublished/ will have a positive effect.

      • Samantha Johnson says:

        As a Walsall NHS colleague, soon to be ex colleague of the trust (I’d prefer to educate others than be stuck in a dead end job on occasional nights – and I have a small child at home, and yes the department manager knows of my wish to move to days – 3 and a half years I’ve been waiting), I agree with your comments, personal beliefs should have nothing to do with ‘work’ or a desire to improve the service offered in a particular field.

        I’m a non religeous christian, or should I say the christian belief system has been instilled by my parents and churches I attended when younger, though now I’m respecting of all religions for the morals and values they attempt to instill in followers (do good, respect parents, family and community first etc).

        I’ve recently noticed how schools and hospitals are handling the Norovirus outbreaks and believe education not treatment (except in exceptional circumstances) is the key, no one can really ‘prevent’ this happening again and again, even the best handwashing techniques and cleanliness would not prevent a patient coughing over others (staff and patients), but there are many ways to lessen the impact person by person, stay off work (as I did when I suspected I’d caught it via an outbreak in my sons school), rehydrate with dioralyte etc etc and go back to work once sure its passed the infectious stage. However expecting the NHS, GP services etc to cover a basic ‘common sense’ lack is absurd and places a massive burden on a system that is already struggling.

        So I for one applaud your attempts to address lacks in the service to NHS ‘customers’, and am heartliy sorry for the way you were treated. I did’nt know in 2007, very little information was released, but one of the reasons I’m moving on, is simply that policies and ‘targets’ have become more important than the people we are meant to serve, the public, until that changes, I’d rather be somewhere I can really be useful.

        May God Bless you for your attempts.

  3. Stephen Bolsin says:

    I don’t think much has changed since the Bristol Heart Babies scandal despite the utterances the ‘good and the great’. The establishment of the medical profession and the medical industrial complex is not interested in patient safety. Last century we developed mobile computing software to monitor doctors performance and achieve record incident reporting (97% of all incidents; 42% ‘near miss’ incidents).
    Its not difficult.
    If you want help please ask me.
    No requests from the NHS yet.

  4. billy nixon says:

    after 30yrs police service and 20 yrs of that as a cid officer, i have seen the shit reaction of the nhs to the reality of the situation. doctors, experts and nurses all turn a blind eye to the truth.
    i worked with several ‘experts’ including sir roy meadows. i was totally sickened by the legal rubish that led to his demise.
    i myself was banned from a childrens hospital accused of aggression when asking so called local ‘experts’ for statements in a child murder case.
    i was also banned from talking to crap social workers, some of whom later moved or resigned.
    after a trial, the section 9 enquiry was a cover up.
    i dont know what i can do to help but i am with you in your battle. i will support your cause totally as i see it is correct. there is no blurring in right and wrong.

  5. Donna says:

    Just a message of support for Dr Drew. My daughter was born at the Manor Hospital and because of medical negligence (which the trust have admitted) she now is severely brain damaged.
    Dr Drew took over her care after she was damaged. I can honestly say that his support and genuine care and concern for all of our family helped us to cope in those early dark days. He was always positive about our Daughter and that although life would Never be the same, it could still be good. And he was right!
    I have worked in the NHS and know only too well that an environment in which staff feel happy to speak out about their concerns is not often encouraged, so through fear people often keep quiet. Those that don’t are often seen as “trouble makers” and their cards are marked.
    As for the claims that Dr Drew pushed his religious beliefs onto others, we saw him when we were at our lowest as the extent of our daughters disability was developed and not once did he mention religion or his beliefs.
    We wish you well and would love to catch up soon.

  6. Paul Cardin says:

    It was very courageous and dignified of you not to take the bribe that was offered and to fight for justice ultimately. I was in a similar position, facing trumped up ‘disciplinary’ charges, but took the settlement. I have not worked for any employer since.

    My ‘full and final settlement’ included a gagging clause, ‘banning’ me from exercising my statutory querying rights under Freedom of Information and Data Protection. I know why they did this – to conceal potential evidence of malpractice. And I’ve recently discovered that it could be possible for public bodies to include such ‘bans’ in compromise agreements in the future. These will fly in the face of their internal policies, which claim a commitment to openness as standard, but enable them to circumvent the free flow of information.

    The intervention of Hugh Tomlinson QC enabled me to get the ‘ban’ lifted after 20 months. He found that to remove statutory rights in the FUTURE would be unlawful. But it looks like anything historical, covered by the compromise agreement, would probably be lawfully concealed !!!! Which appears to me to be a loophole and a license to do what they like with whistleblowers or anybody else they view as a ‘problem’.

    I imagine the DPA request you successfully made was crucially important to your case.

    Good luck for the tribunal (and if somebody like you had to pay for that, it would be absolutely scandalous)

  7. Louise says:

    I too would like to add a message of support for you Dr Drew. It seems NHS bullying is on the increase. I am also reassured that children’s services have improved as a result of the complaints you quite rightly raised. You have left them with that legacy. Sadly many people would rather just be quiet and keep their heads down for fear of retribution.
    You have my utmost admiration. Best wishes for the future.

  8. Paul Cardin says:

    There are more details about the above Freedom of Information / Data Protection “gagging clause” on this website:


    And the ActNow Information Law October Newsletter holds a recent article covering local authority gagging clauses (on page 6) here:


  9. Jim says:

    Like others, I would have thought managers would learn from the Bristol Baby incident. However, it seems we have generated an elite race, many of whom seek to apply the Machiavellian advice to maintain power through fear. In the last year one only needs to recall MPs expenses, bankers ineptitude and Media hacking as examples where this rottenness has been exposed.
    Maybe the reluctance of many to act is due to fear of seeming ridiculous in public. All sorts of organisations seem to have this concern that often leads them to let ‘evil’ flourish when they do not speak up.
    I first became sceptic of medics some 40 yrs ago when I overheard interviewers for a University post commenting on a potential candidate that he was worth £2000 more simply because he had a medical degree (despite all else being roughly equal).
    Since then, I’ve seen Local Authority machinations in Education and Emergency Management at first hand (including physical bullying) and with family members who have been driven out of NHS for daring to criticise poor procedures or practice, so it seems to be becoming a widespread management style that is considered quite acceptable, if not rather encouraged.
    You were very brave to raise your head above the parapet and take a stand for objectivity. I wish you well and hope for a successful tribunal outcome.
    So many stories, so very similar – if only one umbrella could be found where whistleblown mal-practitioners could be firmly dealt with.

  10. John Joseph says:

    Those who have walked ( & walking) maybe in the shoes of a progressively gagged and intimidated victim, will find their heart goes out to you. But when also faced with the travails of being one not yet in Consultant level, not yet settled in life, affordability consequences of a meaningful stand, and jeopardizing the futures of children by taking a full stand ….it all yet holds one back till a limit when tactically/financially unsupported in a challenge. Ongoing torment nearly breaks one’s resilience down…the capacity of so called leaders to casual cruelty and rank treachery is appalling. One clearly recognizes the modus operandi from one’s own experiences, and can identify with the pain you must have gone through. I remember reading once somewhere about Socrates’ last speech – Socrates before he was made to drink Hemlock in punishment ….he said something line : ‘and so now we go, you to your lives and I to my death, but I really cannot decide which is better’? What does one do if you cannot afford the legalese yourself ?

    God be with you, and strengthen you,

  11. tony says:

    unfortunately this isnt a shocking story anymore for me at least. my heart and best wishes go out to you Dr Drew

    as for the reasoning behind this seeming breakdown in the NHS… ITS DELIBERATE!

    This country is being taken down from within by our ‘own’ people.

    The behaviour of the Managers and Administrative staff in this case is also not surprising to me. People need to google and research COMMON PURPOSE and Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP).

    Interesting comment also by the Police officer Billy Nixon and the attitude and behaviour of NHS staff Social Workers etc. Again, google Common Purpose and Brian Gerrish State of the Nation to see how and why this is happening.

    For many years i used to think why do things not work properly anymore, why is there so much corruption and ineptitude in high places and yet nothing changes. it wasnt until i woke up to the realisation that this country, and indeed the world, is in fact set up to fail! its a long long and sordid realization but eventually the truth does indeed set you free.

    which reminds me of my favourite expression — The Truth Will Set You Free But First It Will Piss You Off.

    It may seem that my comment here isnt relevant to the discussion but I assure you it is very relevant. people must wake up very quickly to the Truth of things.

    Best wishes and good luck Dr Drew


  12. Concerned Patient says:

    After ten years working in the appallingly archaic NHS where anyone daring to pass comment is hounded mercilessly, and the last 12 years as a patient, I was beginning to despair. Hopefully if other healthcare professionals have the decency and courage to take on the system some good could come of all this.

    Having been left with cancer cells and severe scarring from a bodged operation, I was shocked to overhear my new consultant saying “this isn’t the first and I doubt it will be the last”. Don’t they realise that by condoning the dangerous practice of others they are equally guilty!!

    Well done Dr Drew. It took enormous courage to get this far and what a waste of a caring, concerned clinician.

  13. Ferdinand Salvador says:

    Some news reports …


    …. that a Christian Doctor is ‘sacked’ misses the perspective of the whistleblower.

    The whistleblowing can thus be watered down as a “personal crusade” That is never the case … The whistleblowers often take on the cause of the patients(s) as their advocate and it must be understood that whistleblowing is done at a very big personal cost !

    One cannot raise concerns without offending someone or many ! … It is easy to react as Senior NHS Managers often seem to do – and “shoot the messenger” in a knee jerk reaction !

    Isn’t it all too often it is the person who was in the wrong who is supported by the organisation, in an attempt to “prove that there was no wrong done ” ? ! … rather than admit corporate liability for the harm done whether it be physical harm or death or any degree of distress ?

    Every ethical act that we do has a ‘moral – religious connotation’. It cannot be avoided. That is so even for atheists. Dr Drew’s message is not a “Christan message” but a message about his concerns (about patients) that should have been acted upon, and should serve as an example !

  14. Ferdinand Salvador says:

    Maintenance of high professional standards (MHPS) in the NHS and even the GMC rules on whistleblowing and ethical standards are “fuzzy” …

    Raising concerns no doubt offends individuals ! Often there is an An ad hominem counter offencive initiated

    Therefore changes are needed to ensure MHPS could not be used as a weapon to beat the whistleblower. Cases of whistleblowing are buried quite often “as resolved”, claimed to be “done and dusted”. Very often they are not.

    At times the employer persists in getting the pound of flesh off the whistleblower by some other means, quite contrary to the ethos of whistleblowing, on charges of “conduct”, that need to be “disciplined” or matters of employment that need suspension and termination of contract !

    For all the injustice done to patients and NHS staff who raise concern a judicial review is warranted.

    MHPS should be scrutinised and changed along with the step like whistleblowing policy / process of raising concerns promoted by the BMA. The system is too rigid in favour of “the establishment”. The ultimate judge of these cases should be the public.

  15. rhona says:

    I canconfirm that bullying in the nhs is on the increase, allegations are vague, information is witheld, policies are breached, incompetent managers strutt around and thrive on any opportunity to bully someone, its a culture that is bred and the further up the ladder they creep the more they feel the need to join in and make someones life a total misery. My advice here is if you are ever faced with a meeting record it. I did. My regards to dr drew, we in the nhs see what is going on, i will never become one of them.

  16. Julie Hamilton says:

    Dr Drew I salute you. You stood up for what you believe in and what you know is right; you put patient safety at the top of the agenda and obeyed GMC rules (or are these guidelines/aspirations only?!) as is your duty – but they attacked you for it and I’m so sorry you’ve had to suffer extreme bullying, cruelty, attempts at discrediting you (achieved) and other psychological injury and of course other massive losses (including financial) – in a rational world you would have been protected from this and in this utopia you ought to be able to litigate for this.

    Sadly the only people who benefit from putting patient safety first are patients, all of us who use the NHS, many of those in power avoid using the NHS or if things go wrong when the do use it they are wealthy and powerful enough to be able to afford top legal help. How many big-wigs at the BMA use the NHS? When doctors need ops they choose who’ll do it very carefully: they all know who the bodgers are and although keep silent (usually, apart from very rare and courageous doctors like you, Bolsin et al) regarding allowing patients to be butchered by them of course avoid them like the plague when it comes to protecting their own body.

    The BMA/GMC/government etc. all make the right noises very publicly and claim that patient safety and protecting whistleblowers are top priority but we all know that the facts are very different and actually those with power to force change do not wish to. This is a massive deceit and their empty words and endless pushing paper around don’t wash or convince anyone any more.

    If those whose duty it is to protect patients really wanted to make things safer robust action would have been taken decades ago. They can say all they like but actions speak louder than words.

    I am appalled by the gagging clauses medics are ‘forced’ (most give in) to sign and the hysterical, systemic and outrageous attacks on those (both whistleblowing doctors and patients injured by their healthcare) who dare speak inconvenient truths in desperate attempts (which invariably succeed) to silence them/us. That the BMA withdrew legal support from Dr Drew is proof that they don’t actually want whistleblowers to be protected at all. Why? Because doctors protect each other, always have, and the BMA helps them do so and cover-ups of failings (avoiding liability) are what the insurance industry is all about.

    The GMC ensures medical training is up to scratch (or should do), if it isn’t (as several reports seem to prove) they are liable. The GMC’s conflicting duties of protecting patients and protecting doctors cannot be reconciled and it is in the GMC’s greater interest to protect doctors which has the happy result of protecting the itself.

    If patient safety really was high on the agenda then all the recommendations made after inquiries such as Shipman, Neale, Kerr/Haslam would have been implemented but they haven’t. All hot air, boxes ticked but no action. We can only believe actions, empty words can no longer deceive us.

    If all those in healthcare stood up and said ‘we won’t be gagged any longer, reward us for speaking out, we demand this’ all at once, then change would happen – they can’t discredit or sack all of you! Come on you all, join together and force change NOW.

  17. Graeme Rule says:

    I first met Dr David Drew thirty years ago while working in West Africa. Dr Drew was then working in a University Teaching Hospital. All my contacts with him have shown a medico of integrity, skill and compassion. One trusts justice will triumph over self interest and duplicity.

    Graeme Rule

  18. jane unitt says:

    i would like to offer Mr David Drew our support,what a fantastic doctor you was to our daughter who was brain damaged by a terrible illness,if we had a problem with our daughter you came to see her at home and you show us us total respect at all times and when our daughter came to the end of her very short life you never left our sides or did to ever talk about religon.You were a credit to Walsall manor hospital and it saddens and angers me that this as happened to a truly wonderful and professional doctor as you are,hold your head up high as you have done nothing wrong and i truly hope you get the justice you deserve.Shame on you walsall manor hospital

  19. Basia Lautman says:

    I was apalled to read how badly you were treated.
    It gives me courage to know there are people like you.
    Best wishes

  20. Saima says:

    Dear Dr Drew
    Shame on Walsall Manor Hospital for their unprofessional attitude and judgement of Dr Drew.I met Dr Drew when I was a SHO in paediatrics 16 years ago at Walsall Manor Hospital.I admired him then for his hard work,dedication and professionalism he demonstrated.I respected his attitude and common sense.He revealed himself to be kind,and caring with patients and their parents.He was an excellent and inspirational role model for training doctors..If after 30 years of unblemished devotion to the NHS he is treated and discarded to one side like this then not only is this a truly despicable act but significantly tarnishes the reputation of Walsall Manor Hospital.
    Good luck to Dr Drew. I hope he achieves justice
    Now as a Birmingham GP aI will need to reconsider alternative hospital options when referring patients to secondary care.

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