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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Matador (22 April 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1783065230
  • ISBN-13: 978-1783065233
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 2.7 x 14 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 289,818 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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


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David's honest and humorous account deserves to be widely read, but more importantly to be reflected upon by those who manage public services. His is a story that while being over 300 pages long I found myself completing over one Sunday.
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.
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This is a good account of Dr David Drew's experiences over his career as a paediatrician. He writes well and clearly and gives a straightforward narrative about his development as a person and as a doctor. It's clear from the book that Dr Drew is a good and conscientious doctor who treated his patients and colleagues fairly and equally.

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.
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Speak the truth, says the GMC. Protect the patients from harm. But who protects the whistleblower? A moving tale. Well done to Dr Drew for his perseverance. Most medics would have faltered and followed the path of least resistance.
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This book has to be on of the most harrowing accounts of how today's N.H.S. hospital management can fabricate stories and tell downright lies about someone in order to get rid of them. Having myself worked in the N.H.S. for 30 years, and having read this book, I find myself agreeing with his accounts of day to day working life. For example, those who are its senior managers work in a totally different hospital to those who work on the shop floor, although it is the same environment!

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.
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You may think "it'll never happen to me" and David Drew believed this, right up to the end of his book. But the sad truth is that The NHS love to drag squeaky clean employees through the mud. This book will ring true with anyone who has ever tried to point out a problem or shortfall in the NHS, and it's also a reminder that the high and mighty within NHS trusts will stop at nothing to protect their reputation, even if this means covering up horrific things and accusing hardworking, valuable colleagues of terrible things. The blank denial of any issues by Sue James is absolutely typical of NHS managers who are informed of a problem. Ignore, ignore, ignore, then shoot the messenger. It's a scary world out there. This is a sad story, and Dr Drew himself admits that he struggles with moving through the grief process. But there are points at which he lets himself down, when he should have moved on with grace. Yes, his primary intention ws the care of sick children, but when it became blindingly obvious that he was losing his job and being cast as a crazy villain, it was time to stop reinforcing this image with his own behaviour. This is what being vilified for doing the right thing does to good, sane people. It stops them seeing sense. It's tragic. The only way I can see forward is that the NHS needs to remove conflicts of interest, by separating responsibility for maintaining a facade of being a successful trust, from the responsibility for dealing with genuine problems within that trust. Only then will genuine problems be dealt with appropriately, and with integrity. Whilst trusts are run as corrupt businesses, the plight of patients and staff will continue to be ignored and concealed. All the best to Dr Drew and his family.
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