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Government says all NHS contracts should include whistleblowing rights

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.c5793 (Published 15 October 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c5793
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

NHS employers will have to pledge to support whistleblowers under amendments that the UK government is proposing to make to the NHS Constitution in the wake of the Mid Staffordshire scandal.

The health secretary for England, Andrew Lansley, said that a “culture of fear” had allowed problems to fester at Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust, where between 400 and 1200 patients died because of poor nursing care between 2005 and 2009.

Other proposed amendments to the constitution would create …

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