Voice of the Mirror Hundreds could have been saved at Gosport Hospital had nurse’s warnings been heeded

Voice of the Mirror Hundreds could have been saved at Gosport Hospital had nurse's warnings been heeded

It takes courage to call out wrongdoing at your place of work.

Those who do so deserve to be listened to and treated fairly. That was clearly not the case at the Gosport War Memorial Hospital.

Night nurse Sylvia Giffin first raised her concerns that painkillers were being ­inappropriately prescribed in 1991.

Had her warnings been heeded it could have stopped a scandal that went on for nine more years. Hundreds of lives could have been saved.

Shamefully, Ms Giffin was not just ignored. Her family say senior managers bullied her into silence and eventually out of a job.

Whistleblowers today fear they would not be heard or treated any better than her.

It’s not just the NHS. Big organisations, firms and Government departments have closed ranks rather than confront the truth.

If we want to prevent corruption, abuse and malpractice whistleblowers must be given the legal protection they deserve.

For two years EU nationals in this country have been living in limbo.

Finally, the Government has set out how they can apply to stay in the UK after Brexit.

This is a welcome move and we hope it is quickly reciprocated so British nationals living in the EU also get clarity about their status.

Home Secretary Sajid Javid promises the application system will be simple and quick.

We wish we could share his breezy ­confidence, especially given the recent Windrush scandal. Dealing with the Home Office can be tortuous and bureaucratic.

It is now being charged with having to handle the applications of three million people.

Mr Javid should remember what happened to his predecessor the last time his ­department let people down.

Pubs warn they could run out of beer because of the carbon dioxide shortage.

The last thing we want is to take the fizz out of watching England in the World Cup.

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