A major review of NHS whistleblowing by Sir Robert Francis QC will be published on 11 February, it has been confirmed.
Sir Robert said he has completed his Freedom to Speak Up review and has sent his final report to Jeremy Hunt.
He plans to publish the report on Wednesday 11 February on the review website.
It was announced in June last year that Sir Robert had been appointed to lead a review of how whistleblowers are treated in the NHS.
The former chair of the Mid Staffordshire Foundation Trust public inquiry was asked by the government to consider what further action was necessary to protect NHS workers who speak out in the public interest.
It followed calls for a public inquiry into whistleblowing in the NHS by a number of high profile whistleblowers and their supporters, including Patients First, a campaign group headed by former Great Ormond Street paediatrician Kim Holt, and GP and Private Eye journalist Phil Hammond.
Speaking ahead of the review’s launch in August, Sir Robert said the role of probing claims made by NHS whistleblowers could be taken out of the hands of hospital trusts.
In an early sign of the direction the inquiry could take, he said whistleblower concerns should be subjected to outside scrutiny.
“In the same way I have suggested complaints from patients will often need a degree of external investigation and independent scrutiny [that] they haven’t had before, I don’t see why the same can’t be suggested for staff raising concerns,” he said.
The review was originally due to be published last November, but it was postponed to 2015 due to the high number of contributions and evidence it had received.
A spokesman for the review said at the time: “In view of the very high volume of contributions to the review, it has been agreed Sir Robert Francis will publish his final report early in the new year.”