Whistleblowing NHS manager on third day of hunger strike is facing the sack – The London Economic

Whistleblowing NHS manager on third day of hunger strike is facing the sack

A nurse who raised serious concerns about patient and staff safety is about to be sacked and is now staging a hunger strike outside the Department of Health.

Jade Taylor, 46, has also been sleeping outside the government office, decided she had to speak out after her own parents were allegedly mistreated at Mid Staffordshire NHS foundation trust.

She was so angry about the poor treatment she bravely spoke out but feels she became a target by senior staff, and she took a year off work suffering with stress related issues.

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Today she is expecting to be sacked by Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.

To fight back against her treatment she began her hunger strike on Monday evening. Apart from a quick trip to some public lavatories she has remained in place, hoping to get a meeting with Jeremy Hunt, who has been under huge pressure for his treatment of junior doctors.

Speaking from the pavement outside the Department of Heath’s Whitehall HQ, she said: “I stayed here all night albeit opposite next to the Downing street Police for safety.

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“The hunger strike continues.”

She added: “The trust I work for are saying that I have lost trust and confidence in them.

“I am not accepting that.

“I want them to properly investigate my concerns. I refuse to resign and I’m not going anywhere.”

Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust said: “We are unable to comment directly about Jade’s case as it is ongoing and we respect her right to confidentiality.

“However, we take concerns about patient safety and quality of care extremely seriously and have a strong culture of encouraging and supporting our staff to speak up.

“To date, all whistleblowing cases raised with us have been thoroughly investigated to the full satisfaction of our regulators, and where necessary we have implemented improvements to address any lessons learned.”

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7 Responses

  1. Sue Pascoe

    Desperate that it has come to this. A very complex and expensive service to provide, but come on, many other western European countries have varying models that we could learn from, without seemingly heading into a profit driven American system, which is a terrifying prospect. There doesn’t seem to be the political will to avoid this Americanisation, or any government reassurance that this isn’t where they’re heading?

  2. Olivia

    I believe Jade is being unfairly treated. There is no recourse in this country to complain about Health trusts , big business or unions , they are all just too powerful and the law is stacked heavily against the individual employee……..whistleblowing has to be the most dangerous way of going about trying to change the status quo!

  3. Simon

    I’m considering heading to Whitehall tomorrow (Thurs) afternoon to support her, if anyone wants to come along. Would be great if people are able to get there earlier. There is so little protection for the average employee… for many people you can be fired within 2 years without even getting a reason and many modern disciplinary and grievance procedures are non-contractual – it’s scandalous. Together, we can help Jade Taylor get heard.

    Protect Patients
    Protect Our Healthcare System
    Protects Healthcare Staff
    Protect the Employee!

  4. Jan Forrest

    “To date all whistleblowers have been edged out of their jobs and blackballed from ever going back into the medical profession. We are proud of our record of hiding the facts and presenting a sanitised version to the public. Now piss off, pleb”.

  5. Chris Satori

    I see that her tactics look a bit odd. But my own mother recently had her terminal illness in Lancaster Royal Infirmary which has had a lot of standards failures over recent years. It is traumatic, the things, the suffering, that you see. So many elderly, demented and dying patients stuck on wards that aren’t designed or adequately staffed for their care. The screaming. the nurses crying. It is terrifying. I don’t know why more medical professionals don’t speak out. It must be intolerable. It should be.

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