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Urgent inquiry is ordered into trust that subjected doctors to “witch hunt” to identify whistleblower

BMJ 2020; 368 doi: (Published 30 January 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;368:m366
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. The BMJ

The government has ordered NHS England and NHS Improvement to commission an urgent inquiry into a hospital trust accused of subjecting staff to a “witch hunt” to try to identify a whistleblower.1

Edward Argar, minister of state at the Department of Health and Social Care, has told the two organisations to ask an independent expert to carry out a rapid and independent review into the way West Suffolk NHS Trust handled the whistleblower case.

Doctors accused the trust of conducting a witch hunt, after managers asked staff for fingerprints and analysed handwriting samples in an attempt to find out who had written …

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