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Blowing the whistle: Kim Holt at DFTB19


You may recall the headlines surrounding the case of Baby P. Back in 2007, a 17-month-old boy died as a result of injuries suffered over months of abuse. During that ordeal, he had been seen by the London Borough of Haringey Children’s services, and multiple concerns were raised. But nothing happened. Not until it was too late. Eight years earlier, the same council had failed to intervene, possibly leading to the death of eight-year-old Victoria Climbie.

The hospital where baby P was seen just two days before his death, St Anne’s in Haringey, was woefully understaffed. Kim Holt repeatedly told managers that something awful might occur if problems were not dealt with. You would think that standing up for patients would be praised, but she was shunned and removed from her post.

In this stunning talk, from the opening of DFTB19, she tells of the impact the truth had on not just her but her family as well.


This talk was recorded live at DFTB19 in London, England. With the theme of  “The Journey” we wanted to consider the journeys our patients and their families go on, both metaphorical and literal. DFTB20 will be held in Brisbane, Australia.

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