Published: 26 October 2014
Doctors in Scotland will give evidence to English inquiry into care home abuse, led by Sir Robert Francis
SCOTTISH ministers have been urged to set up an independent review of the treatment of NHS whistleblowers amid claims by opposition politicians and patient groups that staff who speak out continue to face “disturbing” levels of bullying, harassment and victimisation.
Doctors from Scotland have given evidence to a review held in England, chaired by Sir Robert Francis QC, who recently led the inquiry into the health scandal at NHS Mid Staffordshire. The review aims to improve patient safety south of the border by improving protection for NHS whistleblowers and creating a culture of greater transparency.
However, criticism has been levelled at the Scottish government for failing to hold a similar review amid a number of high-profile cases in Scotland which have highlighted the backlash faced by staff who decide to raise concerns about patient safety.
A spokesman for the Scottish government said that it had established an anonymous telephone line