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Whistleblowers’ concerns are ignored in care sector, report says

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 07 April 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d2282
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. 1London

Whistleblowers’ concerns in the care sector were either ignored or denied by management in 40% of cases, according to a report by Public Concern at Work—the independent whistleblowing advice line.

The charity looked at its database of over 19 000 calls received between 2002 and 2010. More than 15% of all the calls came from the care sector, the highest percentage of calls from any sector. In care, 55% of calls were about abuse. The most common concerns were about physical abuse, lack of dignity, neglect, conduct of staff, verbal abuse, and drugs administered incorrectly or not at all.

In more than half of all cases …

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