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NHS Whistleblower Law 'Better Late Than Never'

Monday, March 19, 2018

NHS WHISTLE-BLOWER LAWS ‘BETTER LATE THAN NEVER’ SAYS GMB

The vast majority of NHS workers are having to do more with a lot less thanks to destructive Tory austerity policies says GMB.

GMB, the union for NHS workers, has said new laws protecting whistle-blowers are ‘better late than never’.

Under draft regulations introduced today, NHS employers will not lawfully be able to discriminate against job applicants who have previously blown the whistle on potential patient safety risks.

NHS employers will face tough penalties if applicants' complaints are upheld and the proposals also give whistle-blowers the right to complain to an employment tribunal if they have been discriminated against.

Kevin Brandstatter, GMB National Officer, said:

“I think it could definitely have been done a lot sooner – but it’s a case of better late than never.

“The vast majority of NHS workers are having to do more with a lot less thanks to destructive Tory austerity policies.

“We can’t ignore the tremendous pressure they are under.

“Trusts are trying to meet their targets and staff are desperately trying to do their best.”

 “Sometimes, if mistakes are being made, it is not being necessarily the individual who is to blame because there is a corporate problem.

“There is a corporate problem, a governance problem, and it is much easier to blame individuals.”

ENDS

Contact: GMB Press Office on 07958 156846 or at press.office@gmb.org.uk

Notes to editors

 [1] https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/uk/new-law-will-protect-those-who-blow-the-whistle-on-nhs-failings-36719009.html

 

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