Little Stories of Life and Death @NHSwhistleblowr Paperback – 22 Apr 2014
|New from||Used from|
- Choose from over 13,000 locations across the UK
- Prime members get unlimited deliveries at no additional cost
- Find your preferred location and add it to your address book
- Dispatch to this address when you check out
Frequently Bought Together
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
Enter your mobile number below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
Getting the download link through email is temporarily not available. Please check back later.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
There are no pseudonyms here, just glaring honesty backed up by thousands of pages of supporting documents and other evidence. Given the fate that befalls most NHS whistleblowers, it is brave almost beyond belief. Drew is the doctor who wouldn't be silenced. And he deserves to be listened to. The truth and reconciliation the NHS so badly needs starts here. Read it and speak. --Phil Hammond, doctor, journalist, broadcaster, medical correspondent for Private Eye and Patron of Patients' First
What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?
Top Customer Reviews
It has the power to make you rage, laugh and cry. I hope it also will have the power to inspire change. Its story of dysfunctional and self serving management silencing its critics should be "unbelievable". However, it has the ring of truth, and provides a compelling case for better protection of whistler blowers. If we as a society, patients and service users wish to benefit from the protection that whistle blowers provide we have a duty to ensure that the whistle blower does not bear the cost. If "All clinicians must speak up for patients when they witness poor quality care." then those clinicians need to be heard and not silenced. David's voice in the story so far has generally fallen on deaf ears. I pray that in this extraordinary and brave account it may now be listened to.
This base makes his account of what happened to him in the last few years of his career in which management turned against him and eventually dismissed him very credible. There's something wrong in a system in which good senior doctors can come to be seen as an enemy or obstacle that needs to be removed, rather than as a resource to be used to help patients and the next generation of doctors coming through.
I admire Dr Drew's integrity, but I'm not sure I wouldn't have assessed the situation and taken the settlement he was offered. Anyway he was dismissed and this book records the story in detail and it doesn't show the management at the hospital in a good light. The minor problems magnified into major issues, and the use of "external expert reviews" to compensate for management failings are well described. As so often the information needed was available in the staff of the organisation all along- but the managers didn't want to ask them for it or hear it or acknowledge it. The bearer of bad news was seen as the problem, not the bad news he or she was bringing. Similar themes came out of the Francis report about Mid-Staffordshire Hospital.
David Drew has written an excellent book, that is an important book about his life, but beyond that a rather sad portrait of relationships between professionals within a hospital- and the risks many doctors are working against these days- and how these distract and detract from the practice of good medicine.
I hope he has a good retirement, and does well with this book.
Recommended to NHS doctors and managers alike.
David Drew talks about incidents of bullying of his staff by middle managers within the Walsall Hospital N.H.S. Trust. I can confirm, and I make know apologies that bullying is rife in today's N.H.S. They say there is a policy against it - I would like to see it!
As a writer myself, and having written extensively about those who practice medicine, I have a great understanding the pressures doctors and physicians find themselves under; how the N.H.S. is all target driven, i.e. time management. Therefore when patient safety is compromised and someone like David Drew speaks out and nothing is done, of course he will eventually speak out i.e., whistle blow.
I admire this gentleman, because after all, all he was doing was looking after his patients.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
One of the most memorable books I have ever read! It is truly a book that every professional working in the nhs shoud read,. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Mandy
A thought provoking look into the dealings of a large NHS organisation and the way they protect their reputation when their failings are highlighted by a whistleblower.Published 3 months ago by KD
This is a brilliant autobiography by Dr Drew, documenting his highs and lows. A compulsive read.Published 4 months ago by Katbak
Essential reading for anybody who works in the NHS - if you are a doctor and think the BMA will help you; or if you think as long as you are OK with the GMC you will be alright -... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Mike T
Such a well told story of the hope that honesty and decency can conquer all. Armed only with the truth David Drew faced up to one official ordeal after another trying to clear his... Read morePublished 6 months ago by D. Reynolds
My daughter was under the care of Dr David Drew for about 8 years with many admissions to hospital .... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Peggy Lowe
The nature of the book means you feel the same points are raised on a number of occasions: but this is a worrying tale of 'bad' overcoming 'good'. Read morePublished 9 months ago by DJB
Little Stories of Life and Death is essential reading for all who work in the NHS. David Drew writes eloquently about his training and career as a Paediatrician, and it is... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Miss L A Mowatt