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The Health Select Committee Criticises NHS Treatment of Whistleblowers

The Health Select Committee’s report on NHS complaints describes the treatment of whistleblowers as a ‘stain on the reputation of the NHS’

Freedom to Speak Up Review

Freedom to Speak Up Review

The Freedom to Speak Up Review was announced on 24 June by the Secretary of State for Health and is led by Sir Robert Francis QC. It is an independent review into creating the open and honest reporting culture in the NHS.

New film on whistleblowing in social care

The Social Care Institute for Excellence has just produced a short film about whistleblowing as a way of improving organisational practice.

Changes in the whistleblowing law

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The Department of Business Innovation and Skills have just published the findings of their consultation on the Whistleblowing legislative framework.

Sir Robert Francis QC is to chair an independent review into whistleblowing in the NHS

Sir Robert Francis QC is to lead a review of how whistleblowers are treated in the NHS, planning to report his findings in November 2014.

Whistleblowing Training Package for Managers

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The Whistleblowing Helpline has designed training packages for line managers, to explore issues around whistleblowing and to help them respond effectively and confidently when staff raise concerns at work.

Care worker dismissed after BBC exposes neglect at Old Deanery

Allegations of abuse at the Old Deanery residential care home for the elderly in Braintree had been raised by 11 whistleblowers in August 2012

New Inspection Process Plans to Include Whistleblowers

From 9 April to 4 June, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) is consulting on its new approach to inspecting health and care services

House of Commons MPs added to the schedule of prescribed persons

An amendment has been made to the Public Interest Disclosure Act (s.43F) which came into effect on 6 April 2014, which will mean workers are protected from bad treatment or dismissal when they make disclosures to any House of Commons M.P. In order for the disclosure to be protected, the worker must show that he or she reasonably believed that the malpractice falls within the matters for which the person is prescribed (the M.P.s are prescribed for any matter set out in the Schedule, including health and social care); and that the information disclosed, and any allegation contained in it, are substantially true.

Dismissal of whistleblowing consultant ruled to be unfair

Dr. Raj Mattu raised concerns about patient care in overcrowded wards at the Walsgrave Hospital in Coventry in 2001. After his complaints were ignored, he blew the whistle and was suspended a year later after being accused of bullying.

His suspension lasted for five-and-a-half years until he was reinstated, followed by a further three years’ employment during which time he launched a grievance which was met with counter-allegations of misconduct.

On 16 April this year, an Employment Tribunal ruled the consultant “did not cause or contribute to his dismissal” in 2010 and had been subject to “many detriments” by the Trust as a consequence of being a whistleblower. Dr. Mattu has now called for a meeting with Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt and the new NHS chief executive Simon Steven to discuss the lessons from his case, as he wants to ensure other doctors are not similarly treated for whistleblowing.

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