Local union rep to speak alongside Baby P ‘whistle blower’

A DERRYTRESK woman will share the platform with the whistle blowing children’s doctor at the centre of the Baby P case, for the Northern Ireland launch of a campaign group which aims to create better transparency and safer procedures in the health service.

Patricia Campbell, President of the Independent Workers’ Union and a mental health nurse by profession, will speak at the Patients First event in Belfast on Monday next, April 16.

She will be joined by London based, Dr Kim Holt, Consultant Paediatrician, while the meeting will be chaired by Queen’s University Lecturer, Ruth Jameson.

Dr Holt blew the whistle on the inadequacies of the department which failed Baby P a number of years ago.

Astonishingly, Dr Holt was persecuted for whistle blowing having warned four years before Baby P’s death of the shortcomings in the department where she worked.

She refused a £120,000 gagging clause and has now been reinstated as a consultant paediatrician under new hospital management at the Whittington Hospital London.

Patricia Campbell has many years experience working as a nurse in her chosen field.

Through her work in trade union matters, Patricia represents health staff in the workplace and lobbies for the rights of patients and employees.

While working as a CPN for the Belfast Trust, she consistently raised concerns about excessive caseloads in mental health services. Her case against the Belfast Trust for unfair dismissal will be heard shortly at an Industrial Tribunal.

Ruth Jameson, meanwhile, has worked for the Canadian Department of Justice on the research and evaluation of Federal/Provincial legal aid and access to Justice Programs.

She also has published widely on the effects of war and long-term imprisonment, and is currently a member of the editorial boards of the British Journal of Criminology, Critical Criminology and Temida (Journal of Victimology, Human Rights and Gender for the Former Yugoslavia).

Further details about Patients First (PF) can be accessed through their website, with a Northern Ireland online presence due to be established within the near future.

Patricia Campbell can be contacted on 07515595066 or via email at patricia.campbell@union.ie