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NHS staff invited to comment on new policy to encourage whistleblowing

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h6217 (Published 17 November 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h6217
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1The BMJ

The first national whistleblowing policy for the NHS aims to encourage doctors and other NHS employees in England to report bullying, threats to the safety of patients, and other harmful practices in their organisation, without blighting their careers in the process.1

The draft policy, drawn up by Monitor, the NHS Development Authority, and NHS England, will be open to consultation for eight weeks from 16 November. NHS organisations, patients, and staff are invited to comment, in confidence if they wish.

The move follows the UK government’s acceptance of a recommendation for systemwide action to support whistleblowers in the NHS, from an independent review that highlighted “alarming” treatment of whistleblowers, including wrecked careers. …

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