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Are GPs averse to blowing the whistle?

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Every organisation ...Health Board or CCG, BMA GMC RCGP and medical defence organisations all do good sound bites about the merits of whistleblowing . So what process is in place to avoid reprisal or backlash in practical terms? What do they actually do ? It is much easier for the concerns, or the whistle blower, to just disappear than to sort out the venom and fury of the indignant lobby that pulls ranks around a fallen comrade. Until genuine whistle blowers are generally recognised as being brave and principled people who are critical to the safety of patients, rather than unpleasant snitches who give the game away, they continue to be targets. The same sad pattern described in ' How to skin a whistle blower' is repeated over and over....ie *ignore them *do a pathetic investigation *don't tell anyone the results if they find true failings *marginalise the w/blower *tell their colleagues who the snitch was *vilify and degrade the whistle-blower and if that doesn't work : *find some muck to throw at them until you can force them out It is a sad and ever repeated tale. What are the BMA,GMC,RCGP defence organisations actually doing about it??..........they seem to continue to look the other way, while reiterating the 'we support the whistle blower mantra ' It has to stop and the profession as a whole has to force these hallowed organisations to get together and work out a proper strategy.

Posted date

01 Dec 2013

Posted time

4:19pm

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