Shaun Lintern is a UK-based health journalist specialising in news investigations related to the English National Health Service and specifically patient safety, workforce and mental health.
Shaun was instrumental in helping families and patients expose poor car at the Mid Staffordshire Foundation Trust hospital and campaigned for a public inquiry which reported its findings in 2013.
He is currently the patient safety correspondent for the Health Service Journal, a leading independent and influential news magazine read by government ministers, policymakers, NHS trusts and providers as well as private sector bodies.
Shaun has been a full-time journalist for the past 14 years having started his career in local newspapers in the West Midlands region of the UK near his home in Staffordshire.
From there he joined the UK’s largest evening daily newspaper the Express & Star in 2006 where a year later he made contact with local families concerned over poor care at nearby Stafford Hospital.
Over the next three years Shaun worked with families to expose appalling suffering on the hospital’s wards and the wider failure of the NHS system to recognise and deal with what was happening. When a public inquiry was eventually set up to examine the disaster Shaun was health correspondent for the newspaper and attended almost every day of the inquiry and was asked to be witness as well.
Since his move to HSJ Shaun is now based in London and continues to hold a passionate belief in public interest journalism and actively investigates and exposes patient safety problems in the NHS as well as helping to ensure the lessons of Mid Staffordshire are not forgotten.