Nurses' patient safety concerns 'ignored' by employers

Nearly two-thirds of nurses have raised concerns about patient safety with their employers but more than one in three say no action was taken.

A survey of 5,000 RCN members found that 78% were concerned about victimisation, personal reprisals or a negative effect on their career if they were to report concerns to their employers.

21% revealed that they had been discouraged or told directly not to report concerns at their workplace and 46% felt confident that their employer would protect them if they spoke up.

99% understood the professional responsibility to report worries about patient safety but reprisal fears meant 43% would be confident to report concerns without thinking twice.

The RCN has announced a dedicated phone line to allow RCN members to talk in confidence about serious and immediate worries that patient safety is being put at risk at their workplace on 0845 7726 300.

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