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Regulators should do more to protect whistleblowers, commission says

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: (Published 27 November 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f7074
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

Organisations such as NHS trusts that fail to put in place effective whistleblowing arrangements should have their registration reviewed by regulators, an independent commission headed by a former Court of Appeal judge has concluded.1

Regulators such as the Care Quality Commission and the General Medical Council should do much more to protect whistleblowers and encourage them to come forward with their concerns, urged the whistleblowing commission, set up by the charity Public Concern at Work.

The eight member commission, headed by the retired appeal court judge Anthony Hooper, was set up after cases in which regulators failed to act on dangers to patient safety highlighted by whistleblowers at Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust and Winterbourne …

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