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The legal protections

The Public Interest Disclosure Act provides legal protection against victimisation or dismissal for individuals who reveal information to raise genuine concerns and expose malpractice in the workplace.

A summary of the protections available to whistleblowers under the Act are available from the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitrations Services (ACAS) and Directgov - public services all in one place.

Who to contact for advice

If you are considering making a concern public, you should get advice from your medical defence body, your royal college or a professional association such at the British Medical Association. You can also get advice from:

A whistleblowing charity that advises and supports individuals and encourages safe whistleblowing. Phone: 0800 668 1681

  • The NHS Whistleblowing helpline

Provides confidential and independent advice if you want to raise concerns about the NHS. You can call the helpline on 08000 724 725

  • The Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS)

Provides advice to employers and employees involved in employment disputes or information about employment rights and rules. You can call ACAS on 08457 474 747