MP leads calls for whistleblowing legislation to be changed: ‘We need a specific NHS law’

19 July 2018 – NHE

A leading MP and doctor told MPs that the current law used for whistleblowing is outdated and could potentially prevent whistleblowers from coming forward in the future.

Speaking in the Commons yesterday, Dr Philippa Whitford, an SNP politician and surgeon, said the success rate of the Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998 (PIDA) used to bring concerns to the fore was “appalling” and called for new legislation altogether.

Sir Robert Francis, who led two major inquiries into failures at Mid Staffordshire NHS FT, called on every NHS trust in England to appoint a guardian to support whistleblowers.

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