It has been recognized that whistleblowing is important to detect failings in many sectors within many nations. Many serious failings in the UK’s National Health Service (NHS) are brought to light by the action of whistleblowers. However, analysis of the reports of public inquiries reveal how little the inquiries examined the role of the whistleblower and how rarely they made any recommendations concerning NHS whistleblowing. The authors examine the case of the disappearing whistleblower, and suggest reasons for the limited focus on them.
Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
The research was funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Health Services and Delivery Research (HS&DR) programme (Grant No. 14/04/033); project title ‘Understanding employee whistleblowing in health care’; co-applicants R. Mannion, J. Blenkinsopp, R. Millar, M. Powell, J. McHale and H. T. O Davies. The views and opinions expressed therein are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of the HS&DR programme.
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- Health services
- post-inquiry learning
- National Health Service