Maternity staff must be able to publicly raise concerns about the safety of mother and babies without fear of reprisal from their employers, the Royal College of Midwives has warned.
The college is the latest organisation to support our Speak Out Safely campaign. We are calling for the creation of an open and transparent NHS where staff can raise concerns knowing they will be handled appropriately and without fear of bullying.
RCM chief executive Cathy Warwick said: “It is crucial for the safety of women and babies that midwives can publicly raise legitimate concerns about any aspects of the service they deliver and work in. It is also important that midwives are protected from reprisals by their employers if they take this course of action.”
She added: “Going public on concerns should always of course be a last resort and we would expect employers to act immediately when their staff raise issues about the safety and quality of care.”
The SOS Campaign, which was launched in March this year, has three aims.
We want the government to introduce a statutory duty of candour compelling health professionals and managers to be open about care failings, and trusts to add specific protection for staff raising concerns to their whistleblowing policies.
We also want the government to undertake a wholesale review of the Public Interest Disclosure Act, to ensure whistleblowers are fully protected.
Other supporters of the campaign include the Royal College of Nursing, the Queen’s Nursing Institute and the Florence Nightingale Foundation.
Find out more about the SOS campaign and encourage your trust to support it.
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