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Whistleblowing surgeon quits profession over fear of being “hunted” by NHS

BMJ 2023; 381 doi: (Published 12 June 2023) Cite this as: BMJ 2023;381:p1341
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. The BMJ

A campaigning whistleblowing surgeon who wrote two books about his experiences has decided to leave the medical profession out of fear that he is being “hunted” by the NHS.12

Peter Duffy, a consultant urologist, is quitting work several years earlier than planned and intends to remove his name from the medical register. After a two year investigation the General Medical Council has decided to take no action against him. But he told The BMJ that he is worried that, after several investigations into his conduct, he remains vulnerable as long as he stays on the register.

Duffy, 61, who blew the whistle on patient safety issues at University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust’s urology department, left the NHS nearly seven years ago. He claimed he was forced to resign from the trust for his own protection and won a claim for unfair constructive dismissal in 2018, when the trust was ordered to pay him £102 000 in compensation.

Since 2017 he has worked as a consultant at Noble’s Hospital on …

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