Problems for NHS whistleblowers persist

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: (Published 22 September 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g5809
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. 1The BMJ

A “culture of fear” continues to pervade the process of raising concerns in the NHS, campaigners have warned, despite repeated calls for more openness to improve the care of patients.

NHS staff who raise concerns at work are bullied and badly managed, said Patients First, which campaigns for better rights for whistleblowers. Many whistleblowers are referred to professional bodies only to have their cases dismissed, but often after “years of distress, marginalisation, and expense,” it said. Patients First has submitted a dossier of 70 …

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