I got a text from Kim Holt on Tuesday.
Kim Holt is the NHS whistleblower (one of the four paediatric consultants in the GOSH child health team at St Ann’s in Haringey) who spoke up to senior managers at Great Ormond Street about the danger to children because management were not listening to concerns. And it was not just her concerns – in fact – all four senior paediatricians wrote a letter to the management and co-signed it – they were so worried about the situation at St Ann’s.
It is fighting her case that brought me into this arena and seeing the huge injustice done to her. Having spoken out – Kim’s reward was to be put on special leave. Kept on full pay by GOSH at taxpayers’ expense for three years now but not allowed to work – Kim has been trying to get back to the work that she loves and work that everyone (including an Independent investigation of her case by NHS London) found her to be an exemplar paediatrician.
The investigation found that she should be re-instated by GOSH after mediation. She never has been.
Back to the text. The text from Kim to me this Tuesday said:
‘Lynne I have today been given an open apology from GOSH. Can you believe it? Kim’
What interesting timing after three years of being treated as a pariah. Did GOSH sense that when the Sibert Report was finally released under FOI to the BBC that they might be in the spotlight?
UPDATE: the actual wording of the apology has now come through: “both Trusts accept and are sorry that you have been through a difficult time. You are a respected and valued member of staff and we look forward to you resuming your role in community paediatrics very soon’
NB Both Trusts are Great Ormond Street and Haringey PCT