Am I protected if I ‘blow the whistle’?

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Ministers this week have supported a notion for NHS trusts to appoint guardians to protect and help whistleblowers in England. The ‘Freedom to speak up?’ Francis report concludes that existing legislation is not sufficient to protect staff from discrimination where they may be known to have raised whistleblowing concerns in the past.

Contributors to the review submitted examples of interviews and job offers being revoked at last minute and references withheld for no reason, encouraging a new support scheme for those who have found themselves out of work as a result.

‘Whistleblowing’ is when a worker reports suspected wrongdoing at work. Officially this is called ‘making a disclosure in the public interest’.

Reforms set out in the Freedom to Speak Up report received a cross-party welcome last week. The Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said they could be fast-tracked into law before the general election.

The Pulse policy

At Pulse we foster an atmosphere of open communication and commitment to high standards of service, within which criticisms can be frankly made and thoroughly investigated.

The Pulse policy on whistleblowing complies with the Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998 in protecting and not victimising any worker who seeks to report, and has investigated, a genuine and reasonable concern about any form of malpractice that they encounter in the course of their work.

Group Clinical Director, Karen Matthews-Shard said patient and staff safety and wellbeing has to be at the heart of what we do, we ensure that all concerns are taken seriously, in a sensitive and confidential manner. It is everyone’s responsibility to maintain standards of care and report concerns where standards are compromised

If you would like more information about Pulse’s whistleblowing policy, please contact a member of our team.

Visit the government website to access the ‘How to blow the whistle’ guide for more information.

For a copy of our whistleblowing policy please email our Clinical Governance team at cg@ukics.com

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