Advice on whistleblowing in the healthcare sector
Working in a healthcare setting is a responsible job and requires vigilance at all times, in order to ensure that correct procedures are being adhered to, that behaviours are not putting patients or staff at risk, and that professional duty of care is followed by each member of staff at all times.
However, malpractice in healthcare unfortunately does occur, and those who witness it often find reporting the wrongdoing an incredibly hard and divisive process. In some instances, whistleblowers become victims of bullying and thus find it hard to progress in their careers – and this happens as a result of their anonymity wrongly being compromised.
If you work in the healthcare sector and have witnessed malpractice or wrongdoing within your organisation, we can provide you with the legal advice and assistance you need to speak out and ‘blow the whistle’ against those responsible.
New regulations to protect healthcare whistleblowers
New regulations proposed following a government consultation in May 2017 gives whistleblowers further protection when applying for new work if they have previously raised whistleblowing concerns.
This change has been made to prevent whistleblowers from being discriminated against in their future careers, and entitles them to pursue jobs – without prejudice – in the NHS and other healthcare organisations.
How berg can help you report wrongdoing
We understand your position as the whistleblower: you want to feel confident right at the beginning of the process, and you want the assurance that you will be listened to and supported as you make the big decision to speak out. We will make sure that your rights and future prospects as a healthcare worker will be protected.
Our experienced team can help with following:
- Advice and support when you come to approach the prescribed body for whistleblowing (both before and during).
- Advising whistleblowers on their rights and ensuring legal protection.
- Ensuring protection against reprisals.
- Unfair dismissal claims related to whistleblowing.
- Seeking redress if you are mistreated as a result of whistleblowing.
- Approaching the whistleblowing employment tribunal process.
- Offering advice or training managers on how to deal with issues that may arise.
- Advising employers or employees on disciplinary investigations relating to whistleblowing.
Why Kennedys: experience and reliability
Over the years, our firm has acted for numerous clients pursuing and defending whistleblowing actions. We can provide you with the legal support and protection you need to see the process through.
Need advice? Contact our team
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