Whistleblowing on the rise

2014-10-30 Jennifer Renney-Butland posted:

Public Concern at Work (PCaW) has recently published its annual whistleblowing report for 2014. The PCaW is a whistleblowing charity aiming to protect society by encouraging workplace whistleblowing. Its annual report reviewed whistleblowing for the previous year (2013).

The PCaW raised concerns that more than 74% of whistleblowers needed more to achieve their intended outcome. The charity was equally concerned that 15% of whistleblowers were dismissed for simply raising a concern.

The report highlighted that concerns in the health sector have increased by 61% between 2012 and 2013, in which concerns about patient safety soared by 97%. Whistleblowing in the education sector has also increased by 57%, of which concerns about public safety doubled. Overall, the number of whistleblowing issues have increased by 17%, but 63% of them were either denied or ignored.

It could be said that the rise in concerns is due to the increased publicity surrounding whistleblowing, especially with the situation surrounding Mid-Staffordshire NHS Trust. But if you want to blow the whistle, it is important you follow the correct procedures so that you can be protected by the law.

For more information about whistleblowing, contact Renney and Co Employment Solicitors where you can speak to one of our employment law specialists. You can contact us on 01225 632240 or email us at info@renneyandco.com.

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