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Nicholson is unable to protect whistleblowers from legal action by foundation trusts, despite pledge to do so

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: (Published 20 May 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f3280
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

Doubts have been raised about the value of NHS chief executive David Nicholson’s pledge to MPs to intervene with NHS organisations if he caught “a whiff” of failure to support whistleblowers. In a letter seen by Channel 4 News, he has admitted that his powers to step in are limited.

When asked about NHS trusts’ not providing support to whistleblowers, Nicholson told the Commons Health Committee in February, “Wherever I see it or if I have a whiff of …

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