In November 2008 James Titcombe and his family suffered a terrible tragedy – the death of their baby son Joshua, aged just 9 days old.
For the next six years James dedicated his life to finding out just what happened to Joshua. What he discovers goes far beyond the errors that caused his son’s death and reveals a system that worked to deny its own failings. Even the bodies set up to oversee and regulate healthcare seem to impede rather than help James’ quest.
This is the deeply personal story of one man’s extraordinary determination to uncover the truth, revealing the human consequences of cover-up and denial.
In 2015, James Titcombe was awarded the OBE for services to patient safety.
What people have said about the book…
“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