28 September 2016
Health Whistleblowers Prevented From Talking
Patients who blow the whistle could be stopped from talking about their case whilst any investigation is taking place.
The move is set to protect NHS and private medical staff, such as nurses and midwives, by preventing charges being made public before disciplinary meetings take place.
Sarah Page, the director of fitness to practice at The Nursing and Midwifery Council (the regulator for nurses and midwives in the UK), said: “We were [making] information public before proceedings and there was the potential for that to be detrimental to registrants.
“If somebody chooses to put public information out in public then they would face consequences if that wasn’t appropriate.”
Any publicity could potentially be a breach of the Data Protection Act and so there could be consequences for patients who reveal the details about charges of misconduct brought against health service workers.
It is understood that families will still be given the details of the whistleblowing charges.