A wake-up call about how our healthcare system has to change so we learn from tragedies rather than sweep them under the carpet”

Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt MP, Secretary of State for Health

This intensely moving and much needed book details not just the human cost of medical error and cover up, but the hope that springs from a determination never to give up on the truth. If you’ve ever doubted that the NHS needs a duty of candour, read it”

Dr Phil Hammond, NHS Doctor, Broadcaster & Journalist

An inspiring but painful story of a father’s struggle for the truth. James’ account of Joshua’s story is told with searing candour… an essential read for anyone who works in healthcare

Dr Suzette Woodward, Campaign Director, Sign Up for Safety

As you get further into James’s book you’d be excused for thinking that this is a masterful book of fiction set in a time when the system conspired to protect itself and speaking out wasn’t the normal thing. Then as the book draws to a close you start to realise that these events are very real, very tragic and are ongoing as I write this today. And even worse, baby Joshua was just one of many to die in this disaster.
The lessons of this book are not about one small place in the UK, they’re of relevance to everyone who works in or depends on the healthcare system. The perils of professional boundaries and practices, professional pride, egos, denial and an old school attitude to failure still haunt healthcare around the world. James’s book should cause everyone in the system to reflect on their own courage to make the NHS better”

Martin Bromiley – Chair of the Clinical Human Factors Group (CHFG)

This is a beautifully written, heart breaking account of a family's struggle for the truth. The appalling incompetence & subsequent widespread cover-up is sickening. I couldn't put it down until I'd read it from start to finish.”

Amazon review

I knew this was going to be an important book before I picked it up, but quite how important as a narrative for patient safety I certainly underestimated....

This book should (and will) be used as a case study to teach hospital managers and safety officers about open disclosure, reporting and investigation systems not just in the UK but internationally. All health professionals should read it as an important lesson as to why we must always involve patients and carers in decisions and speak honestly and openly with them. We know things go wrong, but in the vast majority of cases the intent is to do the right thing. The right thing includes speaking up, explaining, being honest and listening and needs to occur at all levels ‘from patient to politician’.”

Stu Marshall – Amazon review

This book is a must read for health care professionals of all designations. James and Hoa have shared their deeply painful story to demonstrate the struggle they had to get the answers to questions around their sons death which should have been volunteered. No parent should ever have to go through this...This should be mandatory reading for all trainee health care professionals.”

Mags Deakin – Amazon review

This is a riveting read a true page turner, a very sad chronology of the very short life of Joshua and families fight for truth. James writes as a grieving father, but most importantly one driven to find the truth...A compelling sad riveting read, I'll be recommending to colleagues and friends.”

Amazon Review

James has a very engaging style and the book is thoroughly absorbing - at times its almost impossible to put down. He draws you into a compelling journey, from the awful circumstances of Joshua's avoidable death through every stage of the Complaints system to the Secretary of State's commissioning of and publication of the Morecambe Bay Inquiry. This is no text book in patient safety, healthcare management or campaigning though; it's a very personal story of why one young man wouldn't accept the lies, half truths and suggestions to 'move on and trust the system to do the right thing.' This is an inspirational book and a story of hope; that by its telling and learning from what James uncovered, future tragedies will be prevented. Read it!”

Helen Hughes – Amazon review

As a doctor, a patient, a mother and an ex medical manager, I found this book thought provoking and emotional. Bad things happen sometimes in healthcare, but we have a duty as health professionals and human beings to learn from our mistakes. Only by doing this can we truly advance both medicine and our wider society.”

Patricia Elliot – Amazon review