Medical Whistleblower provides advocacy for all regardless of national origin, religious faith, color, disability, sex, sexual orientation, or age. Anyone with access to information related to medical fraud, abuse and neglect can be a Medical Whistleblower. Medical Whistleblower advocates for those who have already made that choice and those still considering their future path. There is no cost to request support from Medical Whistleblower. Medical Whistleblower is not a counseling service and does not provide legal advice or representation. We are an advocate for change and provide meaningful information related to the Medical Whistleblower’s experience and networking contacts for further support.
"The test of a democracy is not the magnificence of buildings or the
speed of automobiles or the efficiency of air transportation, but
rather the care given to the welfare of all the people."
Helen Adams Keller
Medical Whistleblowers come from all walks of life and many professional disciplines. Medical Whistleblowers can be Doctors, Pharmacists, Researchers, Police Officers, Federal Law Enforcement Agents, Nurses, Medical Technicians, Certified Public Accountants, Attorneys, Judges, Therapists, Prosecutors, Hospital CEO’s, Academic Medical Instructors, Veterans, Emergency Medical Technicians, and even Patients and their families. Medical Whistleblowers are themselves human rights defenders of others. Medical Whistleblowers risk their livelihoods when they dissent in the name of transparency and openness, and in return often lose their cherished right to privacy and suffer severe personal loss.
"It is dangerous to be right
when the government is wrong."
The Human Right Principles
The human rights principles contained in the Universal
Declaration of Human Rights illuminate that vision and point to
the means to achieve it.
These principles affirm:
- freedom from persecution;
- the right to participate in society;
- protection from harms like torture and discrimination; and
- the goal of achieving the highest attainable standard of
health for everyone.
“Where after all, do universal human rights begin? In small
places, close to home—so close and so small that they cannot be seen on
any map of the world. Yet they are the world of the individual
person: the neighborhood he lives in; the school or college he attends;
the factory, farm or office where he works. Such are the places where
every man, woman and child seeks equal justice, equal opportunity, and
equal dignity, without discrimination. Unless these rights have
meaning there, they have little meaning anywhere.” Eleanor
Who is a Defender of Human Rights?
Human Rights Defenders can be of any gender, of varying ages,
from any part of the world and from all sorts of professional or other
backgrounds. In particular, it is important to note that human rights defenders
are not only found within non-governmental organizations, and intergovernmental
organizations but might also, in some instances, be government officials, civil
servants or members of the private sector.
"All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing."
- Edmund Burke
Report of the Special Rapporteur on the situation of
human rights defenders regarding visit to Colombia in September 2009
Panel Discussion: Human Rights Defenders and Freedom of
Panel Discussion: The UN Human Rights Defenders
Declaration after Ten years: Protecting Rights in a Changing World
Watch HRF's Andrew Hudson speak at Human Rights Council
on Human Rights Defenders (03/13/08)
HRF Oral Statement to Human Rights Council on Human
Rights Defenders (03/13/08)
HRF Written Statement to Human Rights Council on Human
Rights Defenders (03/13/08)
March 2008 Event at Human Rights Council (03/12/08)
Letter Urging Human Rights Council to Retain Expert on
Human Rights Defenders (02/18/08)
Panel Discussion: Challenges Faced by Women Human
Rights Defenders: Showcasing the United Nations Special Representative
on Human Rights Defenders (10/24/07)
HRF Op Ed on Importance of Special Procedures
Petition to save Independent Experts on HRD (04/11/07)
Human Rights First Analysis of UN Declaration on Human
Testimonies of Human Rights Defenders
Groups Urge UN's New SG to Support the Special
Representative for Human Rights Defenders (12/14/06)
Who is a Mandated Reporter?
Medical Whistleblowers are human rights
defenders. The Hippocratic Oath taken by
every Medical Doctor states the Doctors’ responsibility to care for the sick,
to report on the welfare of the individual patient and also guard against any
bias in the medical care system in relationship to any class of persons. The
central moral commitment of the Hippocratic traditional code is its dedication
to something other than the physician’s self-interest, that something being the
primacy of the welfare of the patient.
The Medical Doctor’s clear obligation is to detect and prevent abuse and
neglect. Medical Whistleblowers promote
the well-being of patients by taking appropriate actions to avert the harms
caused by violence and abuse. The duty
of the Doctor is to not only address patients’ immediate injuries, but also the
psychological and social needs of victims.
Medical Whistleblowers need to work closely in conjunction with members
of the public safety and law enforcement communities.
In the U.S.A.
there is mandated reporting of any signs of violence, abuse, or suspicious
injuries. This places the Medical
Whistleblower in the position of being a human rights defender and possibly
facing retaliation by politically or economically powerful adversaries. In the political international context,
medical professionals are some of the first reporters of violations of human
rights. Medical Whistleblowers report
the abuse of the elderly in hospital and nursing home settings, the financial
and civil rights violation by guardians of the mentally ill, sexual assault of
vulnerable youth in the foster care system, male upon male rape in prisons,
neglect or abuse of refugees, and brutality against prisoners of war or
psychological torture of terrorist suspects. Often Medical Fraud goes hand in
hand with the violation of the patient’s human rights. Criminals who defraud
the US Medicaid system by fraudulent charges, false reports and unnecessary
procedures on vulnerable patients, do not care that they are causing physical,
emotional and financial harm to vulnerable children and adults. These criminals deliberately seek out persons
who by their very medical condition, disability, cognitive difficulty, legal
immigration status, nationality, or disease state are particularly
vulnerable. The right of opinion and
expression of Medical Whistleblowers needs to be protected in order to protect
these vulnerable patients.
See these Medical Whistleblower Canary Newsletters for further information:
United Nations Declaration of Human Rights
Why should the Legislature protect the Constitutional Civil Rights of Medical Whistlelbowers?
As a health professional, these abuses and the harm they cause deeply offend medical ethics and values. Health professionals must uphold the ethical standards of their professions and must not be put in positions where they are expected or asked to violate them. We have learned from the media and from government documents that health professionals, especially psychologists and other mental health specialists, have allegedly played a central role in the design, supervision, and implementation of these abusive and illegal tactics.
The US Congress must take a leadership role to ensure that these acts of violence against Medical Whistleblowers are uniformly prohibited without exceptions. The US Supreme Court must take a leadership role in assuring that the protections provided under law to Medical Whistleblowers are enforced by the courts. The Executive branch of the US government must assure that it has not abdicated its role to prosecute those who violate whistleblower protection statutes, Title 18 provisions meant to protect civil rights and to ensure proper procedure through the judicial system, and to enforce the protections necessary for Mandated Reporters to come forward.
How Can I Request Assistance?
Requesting assistance can be done by letter, email or phone call. A questionnaire will be mailed to you to determine what kind of support would be most effective for your needs and situation. Medical Whistleblower will keep your information private and confidential and will only share with contacts you have authorized and will not divulge information unless required to do so by law.
The judicial system is very broken. It must be fixed.
There are four people who can do the job:
Everybody, Somebody, Anybody, and Nobody.
Everybody thinks Somebody will surely do it.
It is a job Anybody can do. But Nobody is doing it.
At least I'm trying. What are you doing?
How Can We Affect Change?
Make no mistake that to be a Medical Whistleblower requires great courage. This is not a pathway for the coward. It requires great spiritual strength. It is a form of non-violent dissent which is physically non-aggressive but spiritually aggressive. We hold those empowered to make legislative change and to enforce the law accountable for their actions and inaction. As Medical Whistleblowers we strive to change the system in a meaningful way and to improve dialog and communication with those empowered to initiate and implement change. Nothing is more powerful than the truth. But few paths are more treacherous than the one that challenges the abuse of power.
"All truth passes through three stages.
First, it is ridiculed.
Second, it is violently opposed.
Third, it is accepted as being self-evident."
ARTHUR SCHOPENHAUER (1788-1860)
How can I support the Advocacy Efforts of Medical Whistleblower?
If you feel that you have time, resources or experience to offer Medical Whistleblower, we welcome your donations. We are currently in need of volunteers who have had experience in Whistleblower Retaliation and can provide emotional support and advocacy for another whistleblower. We attempt to pair an experienced Medical Whistleblower with someone who is still experiencing difficulties in their efforts to tell truth to power. You do not have to have attained legal success in your own Whistleblowing efforts to be able to mentor another Whistleblower or to be involved as a volunteer. Our goal is to empower every Medical Whistleblower and give them opportunities for spiritual growth, renewal and personal fulfillment. If you are able and willing to offer financial support, we humbly accept donations to support our advocacy.
"The concept of restorative and
repairative justice is based on the premise that a crime represents a debt owed
not only to the state, but to the victim, the victim’s family and to the
community as a whole. In addition, the offender is to acknowledge
responsibility for the harm that has been done. It is the responsibility of the
community to provide a forum in which justice can occur."