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Whistleblower culture change urged – Download The Freedom to speak up Report

Click on the link to download the “Freedom to speak up Report. Sir Robert Francis QC”

http://freedomtospeakup.org.uk/the-report/    11th February 2015

New proposals to make NHS staff feel they can safely speak out following a damning report into the treatment of whistleblowers are being fast-tracked by the Government for legislation, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has announced. The report’s author, Sir Robert Francis QC, recommended 20 measures but stressed that a change in culture was more important than regulation. He said that his research – which saw him receive input from more than 19,700 NHS staff – had left him “in no doubt that there’s a serious problem in the National Health Service”.

The measures include asking every NHS organisation to identify one member of staff that other workers can go to with their concerns, who will then report directly to trust chief executives. The Government will also consult on establishing a national “whistleblowing guardian” within the Care Quality Commission (CQC) who will review the most serious cases . “Today I will be writing to every trust chair to underline the importance of a culture where frontline staff feel able to speak up about concerns without fear of repercussions,” Mr Hunt said. “The message must go out today that we are calling time on bullying, intimidation and victimisation, which has no place in our NHS.”

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 http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/pa/article-2948640/More-open-NHS-report-out.html

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