Overcoming obstacles to reporting
- 9. You may be reluctant to report a concern for a number of reasons. For example, because you fear that nothing will be done or that raising your concern may cause problems for colleagues; have a negative effect on working relationships; have a negative effect on your career; or result in a complaint about you.
- 10. If you are hesitating about reporting a concern for these reasons, you should bear the following in mind.
- a. You have a duty to put patients’ interests first and act to protect them, which overrides personal and professional loyalties.
- b. The law provides legal protection against victimisation or dismissal for individuals who reveal information to raise genuine concerns and expose malpractice in the workplace.*
- c. You do not need to wait for proof – you will be able to justify raising a concern if you do so honestly, on the basis of reasonable belief and through appropriate channels, even if you are mistaken.