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Helene Donnelly: celebrate as well as protect whistleblowers

New draft regulations provide protection to whistleblowers seeking jobs in the NHS. This is welcome, but without cultural change staff who raise concerns still risk damaging their career, says Mid Staffs whistleblower Helene Donnelly.
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New draft regulations provide protection to whistleblowers seeking jobs in the NHS. This is welcome, but without cultural change staff who raise concerns still risk damaging their career, says Mid Staffs whistleblower Helene Donnelly

From my own experience and conversations with many other NHS whistleblowers, I am acutely aware of the fear that can consume you before and after raising concerns. Many NHS staff believe that they will lose their job, or at the very least be prevented from progressing in their career if they speak out.

There are grounds for these fears. Many of the NHS staff who contributed to the Freedom to Speak Up Review in 2015 had felt discriminated against when seeking employment, because they had previously made a protected disclosure.

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