Whistleblowers who “speak out” about their concerns concerning care standards in the health service may still face obstacles, problems and intimidation, despite recent progress in the creation of a more open and transparent NHS culture.
Patients First has submitted a dossier of such cases to the independent “Freedom and Responsibility to Speak Up” review of whistleblowing, which was set up by the Department of Health and led by Sir Robert Francis.
NHS whistleblowing ‘problems persist’. London: BBC Health News, September 22nd 2014.
Health Select Committee Report
The failure to protect whistleblowers remains a “stain” on the NHS’ reputation for openness, according to the Health Select Committee. The current system for raising concerns in England is over-complex and could be simplified by creating a single complaints gateway covering health and social care (possibly modelled on the Complaints Wales service run by the Public Services Ombudsman for Wales). There is said to be a strong case for creating a single health and social care ombudsman for England.
Brimelow, A. (2015). Treatment of whistleblowers a stain on NHS, say MPs. London: BBC Health News, January 21st 2015.
This relates to:
House of Commons Health Committee. Complaints and raising concerns. Fourth Report of Session 2014–15. Report, together with formal minutes relating to the report. Ordered by the House of Commons to be printed 13 January 2015. HC 350. London: The Stationery Office, January 21st 2015.