About Us

The South West Whistleblowers Health Action Group (SWWHAG) was formed in September 2011 by members of the public who have had good and bad experiences of using healthcare services and have been actively and constructively involved in NHS service changes.

Our members have a wide range of professional experience of working in healthcare, education, public and private sector service delivery, programme management, procurement, risk and change management, transport and media. Our skills and experience put us in an excellent position to constructively scrutinise the propriety and professional conduct of public officers in the NHS and other organisations.

The catalyst that brought us together is a shared sense of outrage at the conduct and outcome of the Bristol Histopathology Inquiry. This showed us that, in Bristol of all places, the lessons of the Bristol Royal Infirmary Heart Scandal have not been learned.

We aim to do something about it. This website will show you how we get on.                                                                                                                

“All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing”

Edmund Burke, MP for Bristol, 1774 to 1780

5 responses to “About Us

  1. 2 children died due to poor level of care at bristol childrens hospital @bristolinquiry http://www.bristolchildrenshospital.co.uk

  2. Elizabethe Jaycowschkie

    I have just come across this site as I was looking for some information about how to go about making a complaint about a relative’s health treatment.

    Just a question … I wondered why all the groups such as yourselves who offer a voice for public health don’t all join together and work together. Surely one united voice is stronger than many fragmented voices?

    I felt that some of the information on this site was quite inflammatory and it appeared to be more of a forum for ‘moaning’ rather than doing something positive and constructive and I wasn’t sure what this site was for exactly.

    I also wondered how you deal with any whistle blowing comments and who you forward them on to?

    • Thank you for your comments. In answer to your questions:

      1. The purpose of this site is to expose the truth, in the face of considerable concealment of it by some parts of the NHS. If some of the content of this site is perceived as inflammatory, we are quite happy to debate it. We feel strongly that safe, high quality health services cannot be built on concealment of facts.

      2. The positive and constructive actions we take include opening up opportunities for public and political debate about health services by providing evidence to Parliamentary Select Committees and Local Authority Health Scrutiny Committees. You won’t see any record of what we present to Local Authority Committees because the Councils don’t put it in the public domain. We think they should.

      3. The reason why groups like ours don’t join and work together is probably because it takes time and costs money. Organisations like the Patients’ Association have the staff and resources to undertake this work full time.

      4. If we receive whistleblowing comments from NHS professionals we refer them to the Patients First website http://www.patientsfirst.org.uk/ If we receive whistleblowing comments from patients or the public, we provide them with links to resources which might help them.

      5. If you want to make a complaint about a relative’s health treatment, the NHS Trust which provided the treatment should provide you with its complaints process. If you follow the process and are not satisfied with the outcome, you can refer the complaint to the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman. http://www.ombudsman.org.uk/

  3. If you are going to follow advice No. 5 then check out this site first http://phsothefacts.com/ The whole system is rigged to keep you quiet Elizabethe and to bury the evidence. I also agree that we should work together. The louder the voice the more we will be heard. You don’t need money to communicate, just a computer.

    • I totally agree with the above comments made by
      Della “the whole system is rigged to keep us quiet” If this damning issue is not addressed, as a matter of urgency , then we will just have another long list of names/ voices added to the millions of NHS staff, sounding off, with little or no results.

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