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Sandra Haynes Kirkbright faces disciplinary hearing after saying she was 'headhunted' by Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust to 'fix' mortality figures
An NHS whistleblower could be sacked for raising concerns that a Midland hospital was fiddling its death rates – bringing into question promises made by ministers to protect those who speak out in the public interest.
Sandra Haynes Kirkbright has said she was “headhunted” by her employer, Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust, to “fix” its mortality figures.Mrs Haynes-Kirkbright claimed that “every rule in the book” was broken to try to improve mortality rates and alleged that she was suspended from her post as a senior “health coder” after refusing to take part in a cover-up.
The trust rejected the allegations of altering the death rates, calling them an “outrageous slur”, and said independently-verified evidence “categorically disproved” her claims.
Its chief executive David Loughton said at the time: “Improvements in the hospital’s mortality rates have been audited and independently verified.”Mrs Haynes-Kirkbright was suspended by the trust after allegations of bullying, harassment, persistent swearing and unprofessional behaviour were made against her by colleagues through their union in April 2012.
Last week she received an email ordering her to attend a disciplinary hearing for leaking information about the trust in which, hospital managers claimed she had “behaved recklessly or negligently in disclosing information regarding the Trust to an external source without the Trust’s authorisation to do so”. She was warned “this may result in formal disciplinary action, not excluding dismissal”.