Journal of Community Nursing (JCN) | October 2023

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Addressing whistleblowing concerns

Addressing whistleblowing concerns

Pages: 12 - 13

The NHS has been grappling with concerns surrounding its whistleblowing systems and cultural health. This has been highlighted repeatedly in the press recently with coverage of the Lucy Letby trial, within which there were shown to be multiple failures in internal reporting processes. This demonstrates the need for an independent reporting line for
employees across the organisation, such as through Freedom to Speak Up guardians (Chidgey-Clark, 2023). NHS employees should have the opportunity to speak with an entirely impartial party who can process their concern and pass on the information to the appropriate team for further investigation.

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