Points of Order

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 3:31 pm on 12th May 2009.

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Photo of Bill Cash Bill Cash Conservative, Stone 3:31 pm, 12th May 2009

On a point of order, Mr. Speaker. In Health questions just now, I referred to Stafford hospital. In the light of what the Leader of the House said in reply to a question that I put on 30 April, I and other Members thought we could expect an oral statement—not merely a written statement—from the Secretary of State regarding the Stafford hospital situation, given the reports. In fact, I think it is true to say that the Secretary of State has certainly, during the course of the last 10 days, indicated to me that he thought he would be doing so. On Thursday last week, however, I received a letter from the Leader of the House and, without going into the detail, it says:

"Thursday's statement"— that is the written statement—

"represents the Government's response".

In other words, we are not getting an oral statement. I have to say that in the light of questions relating to whistleblowing and my own and others' determination to have a public inquiry under the Inquiries Act 2005, which would protect whistleblowers, we need to have a proper statement from the Secretary of State on these reports. Mr. Speaker, will you please protect the House and ensure that the Secretary of State comes to the House and gives an oral statement?

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Rita Pal
Posted on 17 May 2009 1:31 pm (Report this annotation)

The government is aware of Ward 87 North Staffordshire NHS Trust and all the concerns raised by myself in 1999. Had they listened, 2000 plus people would not be dead in Stafford. Ward 87 is the government's best kept secret. They have sought to undermine the whistleblower ie myself and their documents at the Department of Health show this is so. A full download can be found here http://ward87whistleblower.googlepages.com/home . The fact remains that in 1999 they were told that patients were dying. The government did not respond to that letter. It was publicly raised in the Evening Mail in 1999 and in 2000. The government ignored both. Now there are two reports CHI Report, 2001 Internal Report and 1999 Report all verifying that my concerns were upheld.

As the evidence shows the reports to the GMC were never investigated. Instead the GMC commenced an investigation onto me. Harris HHJ called this a "totalitarian regime".

The government currently offers no protection for whistleblowers UK wide.


Dr Rita Pal
Ward 87 Whistleblower 1998.