Law is effective in protecting whistleblowers, report saysBMJ 2001; 323 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.323.7319.954 (Published 27 October 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:954
- Clare Dyer, legal correspondent
The UK government has acted to dispel fears that NHS staff who report safety concerns may not be protected from reprisals under whistleblowing laws.
The worry arose from a statement by Professor Ian Kennedy and his team in the report of their inquiry into children's heart surgery at Bristol Royal Infirmary, published last July. The report said that Dr Stephen Bolsin, the anaesthetist who first brought the problems at Bristol to light, would not have been protected under the Public Interest Disclosure Act had it been in force at the time.
After taking legal advice, the health minister John Hutton has confirmed in a letter …
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