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MPs insist that NHS whistleblowers are protected

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e1709 (Published 07 March 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e1709
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. 1London

Clinicians who raise concerns about professional standards at their place of work must be protected from any resulting disciplinary action, according to MPs.

MPs on the influential parliamentary health select committee have called for guarantees that doctors who blow the whistle about poor practice should not be subjected to punitive action as a consequence.

The committee published a report on 7 March as a follow-up to the responses given by government and four healthcare regulatory bodies to accountability reports published by the committee in 2011.

The new report says that “doctors and other practitioners who have raised concerns about …

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