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Opinion - Speak out Safely

Why you think it’s important to speak out and raise concerns: LIVE

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Your opinions and experiences of speaking out about poor care.

Why is it important to be able to speak out safely about poor care?

We want to know what you think. Enter your comments, opinions and experiences in the comment section below or tweet us @nursingtimes.

Don’t forget to sign our Speak out Safely petition.


Sheena Byrom @SagefemmeSB: Because things don’t improve without feedback…

Barbara Botterill: If we were to ignore poor care we would simply be supporting it, only by speaking out to protect the patients and the profession can something then be done.

June Girvin @JuneinHE: Because it’s your duty to protect the patient. Because it’s your duty to protect the profession. Because by speaking out you may also protect yourself.

Fergus Keegan @ferguskeegan: “Candour is proof of a just frame of mind and good breeding. A quality that belongs equally to the honest man and a gentleman”

Andrew Clements @DrAClements: If poor care isn’t identified, odds of it being repeated will be higher.

Claire Welsh @cwelshy2012: I think it’s important to speak out to prevent it happening again and to protect patients!

Jay @RaretoWellDone: Poor care demeans both patients and healthcare professionals.

Robert Pitt @RooLPitt: Because we are advocates for our patients and should therefore stand up for them!

Johanna Olli @Jo_Engl: Because then also others (managers, politicians etc.) may understand how crucial it is to develop healthcare - and do something.


Sign our Speak Out Safely petition to support a transparent and open NHS. We are calling on the government to implement recommendations from the Francis report that will increase protection for staff who raise concerns about patient care.


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