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Legal advice: I am concerned that a colleague is taking shortcuts and putting patients at risk. What should I do?

Registered nurses have a duty under the NMC code to raise concerns if they believe the safety of patients or others is at risk, says legal expert Marc Cornock. 
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Registered nurses have a duty under the NMC code to raise concerns if they believe the safety of patients or others is at risk, says legal expert Marc Cornock

Anyone raising a concern about colleague should be able to do so with the expectation that their concern will be taken seriously and dealt with appropriately, and that they themselves will be supported.

As a registered nurse, you have a duty under the Nursing and Midwifery Council code to raise concerns if you believe patient safety, or the safety of others, is at risk.

If you do not raise a concern, you could be considered to be failing in your duty. You will also have a duty to raise concerns

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