Whistleblowing helpline launched

The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) has launched an anonymous phone line for whistleblowers concerned about patient safety.

NHS staff have had a legal right to raise safety concerns without fear for their jobs for 10 years now.

Yet an RCN survey found that 78% of nurses are still concerned it will lead to victimisation or have a negative effect on their career. And more than a third say they have raised concerns, but nothing has been done.

Now the college has promised confidential advice to any nurse concerned about patient safety. RCN members are encouraged to contact the college on 0845 772 6300.

The RCN advises members that they should also discuss their concerns with their own managers, however.

jonn.elledge@haymarket.com

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