Junior doctors will have whistleblowing protection added to contracts

BMJ 2016; 354 doi: (Published 10 August 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;354:i4423
  1. Abi Rimmer
  1. BMJ Careers
  1. arimmer{at}

Health Education England (HEE) has introduced whistleblowing protection for junior doctors. The organisation said that this provided a new legal route to allow trainees to make legal claims against HEE if they believe that it has caused detriment to their career.1

The BMA, which campaigned for the change, said that this would close a loophole in which HEE, the body responsible for training junior doctors, was exempt from any legal responsibility for whistleblowers because it is not technically an employer. HEE said that this was not something the organisation itself could change.

The UK government promised to look at the loophole in whistleblower protection for junior doctors, after a judgment of the …

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