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Review condemns treatment of trust staff who blew whistle on poor care

BMJ 2018; 360 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.k653 (Published 09 February 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;360:k653
  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. The BMJ

An NHS trust “bullied and harassed” staff that raised concerns about poor care and swingeing staffing cuts, an independent review has found.1

The review, commissioned by the regulator NHS Improvement, identified “appalling instances of staff treatment” at Liverpool Community Health Trust between 2010 and 2014, as the trust tried to suppress systemic failings that caused harm to patients.

It found that the trust failed to learn from serious incidents that occurred because of failings in the care it provided. These included the deaths of up to 19 people in custody at HMP Liverpool, five patients having the wrong tooth …

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