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Action against Medical Accidents (AvMA) is the independent charity which promotes better patient safety and justice for people who have been affected by a medical accident. A ‘medical accident’ is where avoidable harm has been caused as a result of treatment or failure to treat appropriately.



Medical Harm is jointly produced by Phil Hammond and Andrew Bousfield. Phil is a  GP, writer, comic and broadcaster (www.drphil hammond.com). He has been Private Eye’s medical correspondent for 19 years. Andrew Bousfield qualified as a barrister before going to journalism school at New York University.  Documents show he was soon declared “persona non grata” by the administration after writing a column about American war-mongering as a drunken English colonel.  He returned to England to work at the Centre for Investigative Journalism and the Bureau of Investigative Journalism.  Andrew has worked with whistleblowers across all sectors, using his legal knowledge to ensure the truth could be released and the source protected.

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Definitions of a whistle-blower

“a person who informs on someone engaged in an illicit activity” Source: Oxford dictionary

“a person who tells someone in authority about something illegal that is happening, especially in a government department or a company” Source: Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary

Or to Blow the whistle:

“bring an illicit activity to an end by informing on (the person responsible)” Source: Oxford dictionary