David Nicholl

Guest Blog: Dr David Nicholl "How to Whistleblow " Part 2, Brexit - A Case Study.

Guest Blog: Dr David Nicholl "How to Whistleblow " Part 2, Brexit - A Case Study.

As a senior Consultant involved in a number of national organisations, I found myself, in March of this year, in the unusual situation of being asked to advise NHS England in March as part of their preparations for a ‘No Deal Brexit’ scenario for pharmaceuticals in neurology. I was aware, from the media, that a large number of non-disclosure agreements had been signed (even though NDAs were meant to have been banned in the NHS some years ago). Thus, I took the precaution of speaking to my medical defence organisation prior to agreeing to participate. As it happened, when asked to assist, I was not asked to sign an NDA, but asked not to share any of the password protected documents without permission. At the time I was happy to do this- ultimately someone has to get the country ready in the event of a ‘No Deal’, even though numerous bodies had warned about the risks of No Deal in healthcare- from the Royal College of Physicians, the Chief Medical Officer and even my own hospital Trust had warned of the patient safety risks. However although the ‘No Deal’ plans were extensive, I became increasingly uncomfortable