A little quiz about concerns raised or not about mid-Staffs. Quotes are all from spring/summer 2009. Match the quote to its author:
A) Baroness Young of Old Scone, then The Chairman of the Care Quality Commission
B) Mr Howard Catton, RCN spokesman, to Health Select Committee
C) Dr. David Colin-Thome, Government Primary Care Czar and former Labour Party Candidate
D) Rt. Hon Alan Johnson MP, then Secretary of State for Health and a former trade union leader
E) Dr. Peter Daggett, Consultant Physician,Stafford, to Health Select Committee.
1) "I do not understand why clinicians whose primary role is the safety of their patients are somehow concerned about whistleblowing. Indeed, knowing the number of people in various occupations who are not slow to make people aware of such difficulties, it amazes me that that did not happen at Stafford.”
2)"...between 2005 and 2008 we believe there is in the region of 500 or so incident or accident forms. There was a particular period at the end of 2007 where there were about 200 within a six month period. The concern which has been reported back to us is that people felt those incident forms were going into a black hole or into a waste paper basket. There is one example which was reported to us where a nurse said she did see an incident form in a senior manager's waste paper basket.”
3)“To have no individual clinicians systematically raising concerns is also uncommon and to me hugely disappointing.”
4)"We need to create a culture where doctors are obliged to challenge each other. It is not happening everywhere at the moment. There is a silence among professionals"
5) “I and my colleagues have been raising concerns with management at all levels for some considerable time and certainly around 2006 when I think the present problems arose."