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General practices must appoint whistleblowing guardian

BMJ 2016; 355 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i6266 (Published 22 November 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;355:i6266
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. Kent

All GP clinics must appoint a “freedom to speak up” guardian to make it easier for staff to raise concerns, under new whistleblowing guidance drawn up by NHS England.1

The guidance comes after Robert Francis QC recommended that the principles outlined in his Freedom to Speak Up report be adapted for primary care.2 A national whistleblowing policy is already in place for secondary care.3

NHS England said that all NHS staff working in primary care should be encouraged to raise …

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