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Nurses speaking up: are things better for NHS whistleblowers?

While there have been improvements since a 2015 review, following care failings at Mid Staffordshire NHS Trust, changes to work culture still need to be made

While there have been improvements since a 2015 review, following care failings at Mid Staffordshire NHS Trust, changes to work culture still need to be made

  • Since the introduction of the position, 800 Freedom to Speak Up guardians have been recruited in the NHS and independent sector in England for whistleblowers to report concerns to
  • More than 20,000 cases were raised with guardians in 2021-2022, with nearly 40% being raised by nurses, midwives and healthcare assistants
  • However, nurses are still wary of potential repercussions of voicing concerns and some believe the presence of the guardians has been ineffective in changing the culture around whistleblowing

More than 20,000 cases were raised with England’s Freedom

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