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Two more trusts back Speak out Safely

Two more NHS trusts have signed up to Nursing Times’ Speak out Safely campaign – including one with a line to the very top of NHS England.

The support of Birmingham Children’s Hospital Foundation Trust and Buckinghamshire Healthcare Trust brings the total number of NHS organisations that have pledged their staff can raise concerns without fear of reprisal to 37.

Birmingham Children’s, whose chief executive Sarah-Jane Marsh is married to NHS England boss David Nicholson, is the first specialist acute provider to back the campaign.

In a statement on their website the trust said: “We are pleased to announce that Birmingham Children’s Hospital is now signed up to the Speak out Safely Campaign.

“This is because we are committed to safe patient care and to empowering staff to raise concerns in the knowledge that they will not suffer as a consequence.”

Lynne Swiatczak, chief nurse and director of patient care standards at Buckinghamshire Healthcare said the trust would address concerns without fear of discrimination.

She added: “Our staff, including volunteers and external contractors, already have a range of routes available to them to raise concerns within the trust, this includes our ward walkabouts, staff coffee mornings or through their manager, as well through our raising concerns policy should staff wish to remain anonymous.

“We are backing this campaign to provide further reassurance to our staff, patients and the public that we are open, will listen and will act when matters of concern are raised with us.”

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