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Nurse researchers add support for Speak Out Safely campaign

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The Foundation of Nursing Studies has become the latest organisation to give its backing to our Speak Out Safely campaign.

Foundation chief executive Theresa Shaw said she welcomed the campaign, which aims to improve protection for nurses who raise concerns about patient safety.

The Mid Staffordshire Foundation Trust Public Inquiry report “brought to the forefront” the need for greater openness and candour regarding healthcare management and practice, she said.

“Healthcare staff at all levels need to feel confident about raising concerns and speaking out. Achieving this is central to ensuring the safety of patients and assuring quality, yet many nurses I talk with still express anxiety about raising a concern,” she added.

Nursing Times wants a statutory “duty of candour” compelling NHS staff to be open about care failings; trusts to add protection to whistleblowing policies for those raising concerns; and ministers to undertake a full review of the Public Interest Disclosure Act.

Are you able to Speak Out Safely? Sign our petition to put pressure on your trust to support an open and transparent NHS.

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