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NHS whistleblower: report doesn't go far enough

The most senior NHS whistleblower has said a major new report into the problem, published today, doesn't go anywhere near far enough. Gary Walker, the former Chief Executive of the United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust, who lost his job five years ago before speaking out, says not enough is being done to tackle those who victimise staff who voice their concerns.

The Freedom to Speak Up report was written by the QC Sir Robert Francis who says the NHS needs to undergo a culture change when it comes to whistleblowing. Those who do speak out, he says, often find themselves in a "toxic mix of grievance and disciplinary action" from their bosses.

He's laid out 20 principles and wants freedom to speak up guardians in every hospital and an independant national officer to review complaints. He says something needs to happen now.


Second day of NHS strike action

Today is the second day of action for NHS staff in our region - including midwives, who walked out on strike for the first time ever yesterday in a row over pay.

Today, union members from Yorkshire and Lincolnshire will follow yesterday's four-hour walk-out with four days of "work to rule".

Tony Pearson, from Unison Yorkshire and Humberside, explains that it is to demonstrate NHS workers often work through their breaks.

Trade unions want a 1% pay rise for all NHS staff, but the government says that will cost too much.


NHS workers strike over pay

Thousands of staff working for the NHS across the region today joined a four hour strike in a protest over pay. There were pickets and rallys outside hospitals in Hull, Lincoln and Sheffield.

The action followed a government decision not to award a one per cent pay rise to all NHS workers which was recommended by an independent body.

The Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt says the government needs to ensure any future decision on pay wouldn't lead to nurses being laid off.

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Cameron defends Government's NHS spending record

David Cameron defended the Government's health spending record today as he paid an official visit to Portsmouth during the NHS strikes.

He said: "We spent more on the NHS in this parliament, £12.7 billion more.

"When Labour was proposing to cut it, we protected the NHS budget and I have said we will do exactly the same thing again, protecting the NHS budget in the next parliament."

Prime Minister David Cameron during his visit to Portsmouth Credit: Ben Mitchell/PA

NHS staff say strike action is 'last resort'

NHS workers at Leeds General Infirmary who have taken part in today's four hour strike have said industrial action is a last resort.

Edward Barr from Unite, Matthew Barker who is a porter, Fiona Powell, an NHS worker and midwives Liz Furness and Anita Marshall, have been speaking to ITV Yorkshire about why they chose to strike.

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