The term whistleblowing can be defined as raising a concern about a wrong doing within an organisation. The concern must be a genuine concern about a crime, criminal offence, miscarriage of justice, dangers to health and safety and of the environment – And the cover up of any of these.
WHAT IS A WHISTLEBLOWER?
A whistleblower is a person who raises a concern about a wrongdoing in their workplace or within the NHS or social care setting.
If a person wishes to raise their concerns they should obtain a copy of their organsiations whistleblowing policy and seek advice.
WHAT DOES IT MEAN?
If you see something within your workplace that you believe is negligent, improper or illegal, then you should report this to the relevant people.
You should not suffer any detrimental treatment for doing so, as long as you follow the correct processes.
WHAT IS NOT WHISTLEBLOWING?
Whistleblowing is not the same as a complaint.
Complaints from service users, relatives or representatives would not be classed as whistleblowing. These would need to be raised using the service’s complaints procedure.
NHS and Social Care employees that have complaints regarding pay, hours, bullying (unless as a direct result of whistleblowing) and general grievances would need to raise their complaints using their organisations grievance procedure.
Whistleblowing can only refer to situations that have arisen within a current or ex workplace.
If you work within the NHS or Social care sector and believe you have witnessed a criminal offence or other wrongdoing at work but are not sure what to do next, then contact The Whistleblowing Helpline at;
or Phone this number;
Should you feel you have information that concerns Ben Geen’s case at the Horton General Hospital, and would like to pass that on to us – as Ben’s campaign team – then please contact us directly.
Confidentiality is, of course, guarenteed.
Here’s an example of how it can help and why it’s important;
Dr X is a medical journalist. Between 1999 and 2007, she worked as a NHS psychiatric doctor. She was the first whistleblower to raise concerns about substandard patient care in a the North Staffordshire NHS Trust. After a protracted defamation battle against the General Medical Council UK, her concerns – first ignored – were revealed to have been well founded. Had they been listened to earlier, many patients’ lives could have been saved. Her name was recently added to the Royal Society of Medicine’s Wall of Honour. As well as medicine, she now consults on whistleblowing practice.