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Calls to investigate reports of toxic culture over reporting safety concerns at Birmingham trust

BMJ 2022; 379 doi: (Published 06 December 2022) Cite this as: BMJ 2022;379:o2947
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. The BMJ

A member of parliament and Healthwatch Birmingham are calling for an urgent independent investigation into allegations by doctors of a “climate of fear” at University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust (UHB).

The calls follow a BBC investigation which claimed that patients were being put at risk and doctors “punished” for raising safety concerns at the trust.1 UHB runs Queen Elizabeth, Heartlands, Good Hope, and Solihull hospitals and is one of the largest trusts in the UK.

Richard Burden, chair of Healthwatch Birmingham, said in a statement, “The allegations around bullying and patient safety at UHB made by former and current UHB staff are worrying and it is imperative they are investigated seriously, thoroughly, and urgently. As concerns about the organisational culture were central to the BBC report, any investigation must be both transparent and independent if it is to commend the confidence of patients and staff.”

Preet Gill, Labour MP for Birmingham Edgbaston, tweeted, “I am …

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