Doctors4Justice supplied a report to the Committee on Suicide Prevention. During Labour government even statistics on suicides became hidden from doctors. What a pathetic cover up during religious government which did not put patients first and neither did the regulatory bodies!
I detected a bit of nervousness in one Committee administrator, who thought, that we could turn up with some powder and throw it about with her memories of Fathers4Justice still very much alive in Parliament. I promised there would be no such incidents.
There are bereaved relatives who came to hear the evidence before the Health Select Committee but could not speak themselves. One of them is Miguel Cubells of NHS Reform Group, who wrote to me: the session went well in my opinion. The members of the public who gave evidence put an excellent case forward in regard to the issues we have all faced in regard to the NHS.
This session is was very important in many ways. Firstly, for all of us who have been fighting through the system of complaints and not getting satisfaction but learning a lot more about law than we ever thought we would, this was a major milestone with hope that with the new government we shall see significant changes. Secondly, we hope that people would allow reality to seep into their minds and allow changes to happen.
The NHS budget for litigation in 2009 was about £780 million. It comes from NHS budget for patient care and everything else. Litigation does affect patient care in a number of ways. There is something to be learned from it but also it is painful as the money goes out.
How complaints are handled can determine how it progresses to litigation and its high costs. Not only are the procedures wrong but people handling complaints are many times immature, avoidant, hostile, aggressive, secretive, stacking complaints instead of dealing responsibly with them at once.
NHS Whistleblowers have been persecuted instead of praised and valued. A person who would be a heroine in one country is guilty of serious professional misconduct in another (UK). Even poor countries have heroes. In UK some whistleblowers doctors had to sleep on park benches after the system descended on them with all its power.