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Speak Out Safely campaign backed by Florence Nightingale Foundation

The Florence Nightingale Foundation has become the latest organisation to give its backing to our new Speak Out Safely campaign.

The aim of the campaign is to help bring about an NHS that is not only honest and transparent but also actively encourages staff to raise the alarm and protects them when they do so.

Nursing Times wants a statutory “duty of candour” introduced compelling NHS staff to be open about care failings; for trusts to add specific protection to their whistleblowing policies for those raising concerns; and ministers to undertake a review of the Public Interest Disclosure Act, to ensure whistleblowers are fully protected.

The Florence Nightingale Foundation provides nurses and midwives with scholarships and mentoring to support study and innovation. It also organises the annual service at Westminster Abbey to commemorate the life and work of Florence Nightingale, which this year will be held on 8 May.

Its chief executive Professor Elizabeth Robb said: “The Florence Nightingale Foundation supports the Speak Out Safely campaign.

“As frontline carers, nursing staff have to be able to speak out about things that put patient safety in jeopardy, such as low staffing levels and resource issues.”

The campaign has also been backed by whistleblowers Helene Donnelly, Jennie Fecitt and Gary Walker, and patient groups Cure the NHS, Patients First, Public Concern At Work.

  • Nursing Times is petitioning the Department of Health to improve protection for nurses that blow the whistle over patient safety concerns. More than 730 people have signed the e-petition since it was launched on 4 March. Sign the petition now

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