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Junior doctor whistleblowers need protection they can trust, says Robert Francis

BMJ 2018; 361 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.k1883 (Published 27 April 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;361:k1883
  1. Abi Rimmer
  1. The BMJ

Junior doctors feel vulnerable as whistleblowers and need the same level of protection as trainee nurses, Robert Francis QC has said.

Francis, who led the 2013 inquiry into the scandal at Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust, also chaired the 2014 Freedom to Speak Up review, commissioned by the government to recommend ways to improve the culture around whistleblowing in the NHS.1

Speaking at a Westminster Health Forum event on patient safety on 26 April, Francis said that doctors in training thought that they did not have enough protection when speaking out about concerns. …

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