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Australian hospital staff set up anonymous blog to voice concerns about cutbacks

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: (Published 18 November 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b4919
  1. Melissa Sweet
  1. 1Sydney

    Staff at an Australian public hospital have taken the unusual step of establishing an anonymous blog, called Who Will Speak for Us ( to draw public attention to their concerns about cutbacks to service.

    The bloggers, from the Blue Mountains District Australian and New Zealand Army Corps Memorial Hospital, also known as Katoomba Hospital, west of Sydney, have taken elaborate steps to protect their anonymity, including using some of the techniques of Iranian bloggers.

    They fear being sacked or victimised if their identities become known, and they state on the blog that staff at other hospitals are reportedly being threatened for engaging with the blog.

    The website says, “It has to be anonymous because all staff of Sydney West Area Health Service are required not to speak to the media as part of their employment contract. Where is the accountability of the system if staff are gagged?”

    In a telephone interview, in which they did not disclose their identities, two staff members said that the blog, which …

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