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Letters Whistleblowing

What concerns did staff raise at Basildon?

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: (Published 09 December 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b5337
  1. Peter Gooderham, lecturer in law and bioethics1
  1. 1Centre for Social Ethics and Policy, School of Law, Manchester University, Manchester M13 9PL
  1. Peter.Gooderham{at}

    Another story about an NHS hospital is reported in distressing terms, including allegations of hundreds of unnecessary deaths.1 Earlier this year I anticipated further scandals.2

    A remarkable feature of the aftermath of Stafford was the readiness of ministers, the Care Quality Commission, and others to blame NHS staff for not …

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