A Citizen Whistleblower’s evidence for the IPSIS Expert Advisory Group

The background to the call for evidence is here:


Here is the covering letter:

IPSIS EAG – Evidence

The evidence includes two case studies as examples of how not to conduct investigations.

First Case Study and Supporting Documents:

Histopathology Inquiry Case Study

Histopath Attachment 1    An opportunity cost of a £734k inquiry

Histopath Attachment 2   A Case Study Review Analysis

Histopath Attachment 3   A clinician blows the whistle to former South West SHA Medical Director, Dr Mike Durkin (Chair of the IPSIS EAG)

Histopath Attachment 4   Dr Durkin’s, Dr Chris Burton’s, Mr Julian Brookes’  and Mr Andrew Millward’s handling of a Freedom of Information Request.

Histopath Attachment 5   Julian Brookes’ (formerly of the South West SHA and now a member of the IPSIS EAG) briefing to Sir Ian Carruthers on Statistical Sampling.

Second Case Study and Supporting Documents:

Risk Summit Case Study

Risk Summit Attachment 1  Risk Summit minutes 29th October 2012

Risk Summit Attachment 2  provides insight into an NHS Chief Executive’s response to a Risk Summit hosted by the Care Quality Commission (CQC). It includes the Chief Executive’s accusations to the CQC that it was biased in favour of bereaved parents.

Here’s a question for whistleblowers. Why bother to try to make the world a better place? Perhaps this is one answer:

“Albert Camus, a great humanist and existentialist voice, pointed out that to commit to a just cause with no hope of success is absurd. But then, he also noted that not committing to a just cause is equally absurd. But only one choice offers the possibility for dignity. And dignity matters. Dignity matters.

Stripped of all platitude and illusion, Camus was saying we still have to fight. So for God’s sake, fight. And get angry if you need to get angry. A little anger is a good thing if it isn’t on your own behalf, if it’s for others deserving of your anger, your empathy. And if you see the wrong around you getting bigger and uglier, then speak up, and call that wrong by its true name. Learn to refuse, to dissent. And in demanding something more from yourself and from your society, you may be surprised to find that you are not entirely alone. That other voices are saying the same things, that others want the same things.” (David Simon)



One response to “A Citizen Whistleblower’s evidence for the IPSIS Expert Advisory Group

  1. Naomi Wolf, speech to New Hampshire Democracy Forum, 20.10.11 –

    “Abuses, mistreatment, illegality…write about it, document it; whether you get recourse or not, you won’t internalize your victim status.

    Even if your fight is completely fruitless in terms of an outcome, it’s not fruitless because you’ve acted like a human being with dignity and rights.”

    Indeed, the majority of complaints to the NHS are fruitless. In fact, worse than fruitless: they often incur heinous retribution.

    Yet still, we have to fight this appalling institutional corruption and intimidation.

    After all, WE are paying for this widespread, rank malfeasance, negligence, abuse and the squandering of £billions. No one else is, not ‘the government’, not billionaire philanthropists, not elves and fairies…WE the people are paying for it…sometimes even with our lives.

    Enough is enough.

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