MPs call for inquiry into troubled urology unit after whistleblower publishes bookBMJ 2019; 366 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.l5602 (Published 17 September 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;366:l5602
- Clare Dyer
- The BMJ
MPs are pressing England’s health secretary, Matt Hancock, for an inquiry into urology services at University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust after a whistleblowing urologist lifted the lid on a catalogue of clinical failings in a hard hitting book.
At a meeting on 10 September the trust’s board of governors discussed a possible referral to the police after Peter Duffy’s book, Whistle in the Wind, accused colleagues of disobeying instructions from a coroner who concluded that failures in care had contributed to a patient’s death.
Duffy was forced out of the trust after raising concerns about three colleagues and was awarded compensation of £102 000 (€115 000; $129 000) for unfair constructive dismissal last year after a bitter legal battle.1 He accused the trust of being willing to “financially annihilate” him and his family.
He now …