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NHS regulator plans to make it easier for doctors to raise concerns and break “mafia” code of silence

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f6428 (Published 23 October 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f6428
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. 1London

The main regulator of the NHS wants to help doctors come forward to raise safety concerns at work and break through a “mafia” code of silence that still exists in the health service, MPs have been told.

The leaders of the Care Quality Commission told MPs during a parliamentary health select committee evidence session on 21 October of their intention to make whistleblowing easier for all health professionals.

During the committee’s annual accountability hearing about the commission, MPs asked about whistleblowing in the NHS.

David Prior, the CQC’s chairman, giving evidence, said, “One of the things I’ve learnt over the past six months is to be a whistleblower you’ve got to be very, very brave. …

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