Healthcare needs leaders
- By: Toby Pitts-Tucker
Last summer, BBC Panorama footage of appalling abuse at Winterbourne View residential hospital shocked the UK. Experts proclaimed the need for reform, an outraged press published images of wrongdoing, and the Care Quality Commission (CQC) promised greater vigilance and more stringent measures to deal with offending institutions.
Yet this reaction seems to miss the point. The CQC cannot hope to inspect as many institutions as it would like, and whistleblowing has always been difficult to promote. To see why, one need only look at the difficulty anaesthetist Stephen Bolsin had in finding employment in the UK after exposing the Bristol paediatric cardiac surgery scandal in the 1990s. Change is urgently needed in many institutions, but it must come from within, and strong leadership is needed for this to happen.
I spent last year working as a care assistant at a brain injury rehabilitation centre. Our residents had complex sets of