Consultant Urologist, Noble's Hospital, Isle of Man
Peter Duffy MBE is an established surgeon with nearly 35 years experience. Trained in London, he moved back to his native Lancashire and Cumbria to work as consultant urologist in 2000, quickly establishing himself as departmental lead in 2003 and spearheading improvements that led to the department achieving widespread recognition and a national award for its standards of care and efficiency between 2005 and 2010. Peter himself won his Trust’s “Doctor of the Year” award in 2016. Concerned about deteriorating governance and executive leadership in the Trust, Peter resigned his lead position in 2010, accurately predicting the subsequent Morecambe Bay midwifery scandal. He went on to formally approach the CQC in 2015 over further safety concerns, Coronial disobedience, avoidable deaths and a cover-up. Illegally dismissed by his Trust less than a year later, Peter was unable to find further work in the UK’s NHS and had to leave family and friends, rebuilding his career and surgical practice on the Isle of Man. Winning unfair constructive dismissal against the NHS in 2018, he wrote a book about his experiences of NHS whistleblowing, only to find himself subject to another secretive and hostile NHS investigation, whilst simultaneously being separated from family for 18 months as the Isle of Man went into full COVID lockdown, subsequently being awarded an MBE for his work during the Manx border closures. Peter will take us though his recent experiences at the hands of the NHS, its lawyers and private investigators and will compare and contrast the glossy rhetoric of official speak-up publicity with the covert, brutal and often illegal treatment of those NHS whistleblowers who fall foul of their employer over issues of clinical safety and candour.