Unite has pledged its support for our Speak Out Safely campaign, which aims to help bring about an NHS that is more transparent and protects staff who raise the alarm about concerns.
The union, which includes the Community Practitioners’ and Health Visitors’ Association and the Mental Health Nurses Association, represents 100,000 people in the health service.
Rosalind Godson, Unit professional officer for the health sector, said: “We fully endorse the aims of the Speak Out Safely campaign, and we often find ourselves supporting our members who do just that.
“We represent a wide variety of professions and most of our health sector staff are obligated by their professional registration to act in the best interests of the patient/client,” she added.
The Speak Out Safely campaign is calling for a statutory “duty of candour” introduced compelling NHS staff to be open about care failings, as recommended by the Francis report.
It also want trusts to add specific protection to their whistleblowing policies for those raising concerns and ministers to undertake a full review of the Public Interest Disclosure Act to ensure whistleblowers are fully protected.
The campaign has also been backed by the Royal College of Nursing, the Foundation of Nursing Studies and the Florence Nightingale Foundation – as well as nurse whistleblowers Helene Donnelly and Jennie Fecitt.