A new manual published by the Royal College of Surgeons Acting on Concerns: Your Professional Responsibility advises clinicians what to do if they think patients are receiving poor care. The manual ‘guides surgeons on how best to collaborate with colleagues to monitor performance and quality of care, deal with problems, raise concerns and support others to do the same. Key recommendations include not waiting for things to go wrong, and not explaining away worrying data.’ (OnMedica Drug & Therapeutics update, 22 February 2013).
I wonder if it tells them what to do if colleagues are unwilling to put their heads above the parapet and how to prevent becoming collateral damage. Surely the NHS needs more than this if staff are to feel they can speak out without penalty – but it’s a start.