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Ignored:whistleblower’s claim of nurse who ‘killed slowly’

SHARMILA CHOWDHURY

 The Sunday Times Martyn Halle 14 December 2014

Russell Dunkeld says drips to give drugs had been interfered withRussell Dunkeld says drips to give drugs had been interfered with (PAUL COOPER)

A WHISTLEBLOWING nurse has revealed how managers at a scandal-hit NHS trust ignored allegations that a colleague was hastening the deaths of patients.

Russell Dunkeld told his bosses at Royal Lancaster Infirmary, part of University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust (UHMBT), how a nurse on his ward had boasted of speeding patients on their way by interfering with drug and saline drips.

The 60-year-old resigned, suffering stress, when his concerns were not investigated. Managers later gagged him from speaking out as part of a compensation deal.

Under the trust’s whistleblowing policy, Dunkeld should have had a response within 21 days. But it was three years before his claims were acknowledged. Even then there was no proper investigation.

Last month, however, an NHS campaigner arranged for him to…

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