A damning report into accident and emergency departments in and around Edinburgh has identified a breakdown in trust between nurses and doctors, and a culture of bullying.
Concerns raised by nurses more than 25 years ago about excessive use of powerful painkilling drugs at Gosport War Memorial Hospital were ignored resulting in lives being needlessly cut short, according to a public inquiry into more than 800 deaths at the hospital.
Former NHS whistleblowers who raised concerns in the public interest will gain legal protection from discrimination if they want another job in the service, under draft regulations.
GPs are set to be the latest group of employers to appoint whistleblowing guardians due to a funding boost by NHS England to expand the speaking up programme.
The health secretary has told the new whistleblowing guardians their work is at the “heart” of a change needed in the NHS to tackle a “profoundly flawed” culture around raising concerns.
The mother of a nurse who works at a hospital in Lincolnshire has written an emotional letter to local MPs and the media warning of the negative culture that exists there.
Patients were harmed and staff bullied and harassed at a community trust where managers were obsessed with achieving foundation status, according to a damning independent report.
NHS whistleblowers working in Scotland who are not satisfied with internal investigations will soon be able to enlist the help of an independent official at a national level, ministers have announced.
Evidence of a bullying culture and a failure to respond to serious concerns, especially among black and minority ethnic staff, have been uncovered at an NHS trust in the North West of England, following the first review by the national office responsible for improving the ability of health workers to speak out.
Around 40% of NHS staff in new posts designed to encourage colleagues to speak out about concerns do not agree that their role is making a difference, according to the national office co-ordinating the work.