‘Speaking up’ cannot be fairly considered without an appreciation of the time and culture in which it was made.
Determined to put patients first I ‘spoke up‘ in 2012:
“In the latter part of 13 years employment with an NHS Board in Scotland I raised concerns about clinical practice which had the potential to harm elderly patients. In doing so I was subjected to undue, disproportionate and harsh treatment by my employers and my reputation suffered. As a result of this I resigned and provided my union a summary of what had happened to me. The union lawyer concluded that there was insufficient likelihood of success for this as a PIDA case. Despite the ongoing potential for harm to patients a number of the senior staff involved have gone on to be promoted. In contrast, I found difficulty in gaining employment within NHS Scotland.”