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Treatment of whistleblowers is “stain on reputation of NHS,” say MPs

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h372 (Published 21 January 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h372
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. 1London

Staff members who blow the whistle on poor practice in the NHS are still treated badly, with some being disciplined, victimised, or dismissed as a result, MPs have said.

The plight of staff who blow the whistle was highlighted in a report published by the parliamentary select committee on health on 21 January, in which MPs said that the treatment of whistleblowers remained a “stain on the reputation of the NHS.”1

Overall, complaint handling in the NHS was still too complex, said the MPs, who recommended that there be a single gateway for raising complaints and concerns. Their report said that the safety of patients and the treatment of complaints and concerns had become high profile issues …

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