Book review: Whistle Blowing and Ethics in Health and Social Care

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Whistle Blowing and Ethics in Health and Social Care

Angie Ash

Jessica Kingsley

£17.99 | 184pp

ISBN: 9781849056328

This book is accessible in the context of the language used and the style of presentation. The nine chapters pose questions and conundrums throughout. Each chapter is subdivided, affording readers the opportunity to access what they may be looking for in the first instance and subsequently being led to other sections of the book. 

The author describes three strands or themes in this area: organisational culture and leadership; whistleblowing as a moral activity; and policy and regulatory systems and frameworks. 

The book enables readers to understand whistleblowing and the challenges and opportunities faced by the individual and the organisation when this happens. The author acknowledges the media culture around whistleblowing, noting the heroes and villains or David and Goliath narrative that often surrounds events.

There is discussion about the culture and context in which we work and the moral and ethical challenges of the health and social care arena. 

The desire for action to evolve from whistleblowing to open dialogue and raising concerns is clear in the text. The final postscript is helpful to the reader and potential whistle-blower. 

I believe this book would be an asset to nurses in many areas. I would also recommend it for leadership programmes or modules.

Reviewed by Ailsa McMillan, lecturer, division of nursing, School of Health Sciences, Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh  

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