First regulators whistleblowing report published
A joint report on whistleblowing, published today by healthcare regulators, shows that the General Medical Council (GMC) received 23 such disclosures within 12 months.
Of the concerns raised, 10 were closed after an initial assessment, 10 resulted in an investigation and one is still being assessed. The other two did not contain enough information to be followed up.
More than half of the disclosures received were from doctors, two were made by other healthcare professionals and the remainder were anonymous.
Half of the cases being investigated were still ongoing when the report was published.
"We want whistleblowers to feel confident in raising their concerns to us and so we have improved the process by which disclosures can be made, giving people the option to do so anonymously."
Assistant Director of Policy, Business Transformation and Safeguarding
The heath regulators’ annual report on whistleblowing disclosures details the numbers of reports each of the eight organisations* received and what action was taken in response to them.
The joint report, which is the first to be published, aims to be transparent about how concerns raised by whistleblowers are handled and improve joint working by the regulators. Data in report was collated over 12 months up until March 2018.
Anna Rowland, Assistant Director of Policy, Business Transformation and Safeguarding at the General Medical Council, said: ‘We want whistleblowers to feel confident in raising their concerns to us and so we have improved the process by which disclosures can be made, giving people the option to do so anonymously.
‘The collaboration with seven health regulators has demonstrated that we all take disclosures from whistleblowers seriously and we all take a consistent approach. Working together should give people confidence that action will be taken where necessary.’
The GMC provides training for staff on how to recognise and act on concerns raised by whistleblowers, and has hosted events where doctors have shared their experiences of whistleblowing with staff.