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Freedom to Speak Up: A Review of Whistleblowing in the NHS.

Francis R. London, UK: Department of Health; February 2015.

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May 27, 2015
Francis R. London, UK: Department of Health; February 2015.

Staff willingness to raise awareness of problems that could affect patient care is an important indicator of safety culture. This publication explores National Health Service (NHS) staff perceptions regarding raising concerns about health care safety. Barriers to speaking up were related to organizational culture, incident management, and legal protection for whistleblowers. The report also suggests measures for NHS organizations to use to help ensure that staff are comfortable raising awareness of patient safety concerns.