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BMJ 1998; 316 doi: (Published 18 April 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;316:S3a-7139

“Whistleblowing” has been important in bringing to light abuses in the NHS, though the whistleblowers often end up worse off than if they had kept silent. A new private members' bill (IDS Brief 1998;610:15-6), which has government support, will provide at least some protection to whistleblowers. The bill is designed to ensure that they do not suffer any detriment if they can show that disclosure was made to a proper authority in the public interest.

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