Right now, I could not be more grateful or proud! My very dear comrade in arms within patient safety in the US, Mr Thomas Dahlborg, recently published his whistle blowing insights in this article for fiercehealthcare.com. The article treats the subject on how decision makers all over the world need to start listening in at grass root level. Guess who the ”Swedish advocate for patient safety” is?! Thomas was apparently inspired by none other than PP! I stand truly humble and grateful.
In the article Thomas mentions the difficulties PP experienced in the beginning, when many health care employed people came to our aid, wanting to be part of our work for patient safety. Little by little though, reality kicked in and in the end, keeping your job is more important than volunteering in a cause that might compromise you with your employers. And quite rightfully so! We fully have to except how people will always prioritize the need to put food on the table.
Which of course is the root of almost all the problems within patient safety work – people are afraid. Afraid to tell. Afraid to blow the whistle because we all know what might happen then.
Apparently, PP is not the only one experiencing this phenomenon, Thomas goes on by giving two more examples of health care professionals, who are also quite knocked down by the fact that no matter how loud they yell, they are still not listened to by the ones in power. Universal problem needing resolution.
Our work has got to be like the relentless waves, slowly disintegrating a log on the beach, breaking it down piece by piece.
Leaders. Start. Listening.