'A discussion on
The Right to Speak Out - in defense of safe NHS and public services, and those who provide them'


12th February - 6.30 for 7.00 start
BMA House, Tavistock Square, London WC1H 9JP.


Local East London Save Our NHS campaigns and others are  sponsoring  an evening conference on the crucial question of the right to speak out

(see details below and flyer attached)


Conscientious individuals have had their careers destroyed after raising concerns over patient care. We are also seeing more instances of trade union reps being similarly targeted for defending members and services.  This meeting will hear from NHS whistle blowers and from public service trade union reps who have been through this experiences, and will consider how to build a different open climate, in which such treatment of those who speak out cannot stand.

The meeting is taking place the day after the publication of the Independent Francis Review 'Freedom to Speak Up in the NHS' https://freedomtospeakup.org.uk/ and we will hear from a speaker who has been involved with this review.

The London Regional Council of the BMA are hosting the meeting, and say:

BMA London regional council invites you to an event focused on the issue of “Raising concerns and speaking out”. 
Often referred to as whistle blowing this is seen as a responsibility by many health care workers in order to improve quality of care by expressing concerns of poor care; the true patient advocate. The event will focus on the issue of NHS staff and union representatives being able to effectively speak out and raise concerns without facing a negative response.

The BMA require those attending to register in advance on line 
For any problems in registering - email ebennett@bma.org.uk or call 020 8655 8815


Dr. Kim Holt - Paediatrician, whistle blower and founder of Patients First, an organisation of health staff staff who have suffered reprisals for raising concerns, working to protect whistle blowers.

Tracey Boylin - HR director for an NHS Trust who was removed from her role when she tried to stand up for bullied clinicians.
Polly Toynbee - Guardian Columnist

Julie Davies, NUT branch Secretary, Haringey, suspended on charges related political activity and organising members
Nick Clarke - Department of Health representative working on the Francis Review 'Freedom to Speak Up in the NHS'