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How can policies around NHS whistleblowing be improved?

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Your answers to The Big Question 18 November 2015

I think that, if it is found to be a malicious vexatious complaint raised through the whistleblowing policy, not only should the perpetrator ‘not be protected’, but they should be investigated using the disciplinary procedure. Having witnessed what individuals are subjected too through this policy, it is only fair that it works both ways. Obviously we want staff to be able to raise concerns but they should be valid and proven.

Lynne Gray,

Whistleblowers should go straight to the top of their trust. Care failings have no place in the NHS.

@PUNCBAM15, via Twitter

It’s important that concerns are investigated objectively, with no assumptions until evidence is collected. If organisations see them as learning opportunities first, rather than automatically, disciplinary matters this would be possible.

Kathy Bannister,

At least the draft policy does have the option of raising concerns anonymously – although it isn’t entirely clear to me, how you raise a concern anonymously directly with your employing organisation, unless you do so using a letter with no sender details.

Michael Stone

I think health professionals should be man enough to bite the bullet and report failings. And they should do it on printed notepaper. Especially if they are connected to the matter. They shouldn’t just take the money and run, or keep schtum. Apart from that, perhaps an anonymous type of official forum.


Health professionals need to be reminded that they are advocates for patients.


NHS staff should have regular training on the importance of reporting failings. Making them aware of anonymity could boost confidence too.


I would encourage health professionals to report care failings by ensuring they will remain anonymous.


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