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NHS whistleblowers are still being gagged, warns Baby P doctor

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d8202 (Published 15 December 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d8202
  1. Helen Mooney
  1. 1London

A consultant paediatrician who raised concerns about a clinic where baby Peter Connelly was treated days before his death has warned that the NHS still has a culture where managers and organisations are stopping potential whistleblowers from speaking out.

Kim Holt, who raised concerns over poor record keeping and understaffing at St Ann’s clinic in Haringey, north London, where Peter Connelly was seen by an inexperienced locum doctor at the clinic days before he was killed, told the BMJ that whistleblowers were often being “gagged” by clauses written into their contracts after they are “paid off by NHS organisations to leave their jobs.” …

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