A DOCTOR who raised concerns over patient care in NHS Ayrshire and Arran has been made an official Whistleblowing Champion.

Dr Sukhomoy Das has worked as a hospital doctor in several health boards since 1996, with a special interest in Stroke Medicine, including NHS Ayrshire and Arran.

Dr Das said: “Staff and people who use NHS services should feel reassured that I, as someone who has himself stood up for them, will be handling their complaints.

“This is an important role, with direct access to the health minister.”

Dr Das is currently the regional rehabilitation lead and chair for the East of Scotland Major Trauma Centre, a member of the Scottish Trauma Network’s Steering/Core Group, Rehabilitation Group and Clinical Forum.

Jeane Freeman, cabinet secretary for health, announced yesterday, Tuesday, February 4, the appointments of 19 NHS Scotland Non-executive Whistleblowing Champion Board Members.

Ms Freeman said: “The NHS in Scotland does a fantastic job of looking after patients but it is just as important that NHS staff experience the care and respect they show to others. I am confident that these appointments will help create a better working environment for all.”