Raising concerns about risk, wrongdoing or malpractice will become a reality for all NHS workers at some point in their careers. Unfortunately a lack of awareness among staff of when and how to raise concerns effectively and a failure by managers to respond to concerns in a timely and appropriate manner can perpetuate a potentially dangerous culture of silence.
Public Concern at Work hear from thousands of whistleblowers every year on the whistleblowing advice line that they operate. This shows that whistleblowing is neither rare nor unusual. According to a YouGov survey commissioned by the charity, whistleblowing is being seen as an increasingly positive activity with 81% of UK workers saying they would blow the whistle if they were to witness wrongdoing or malpractice.