Scotland: sharp rise in calls to whistleblowing hotline

05 June 2019

The number of Scottish NHS staff contacting a whistleblowing hotline to raise concerns has more than doubled in the most recent half-year period.

In the six months to January this year, 49 health service staff phoned the Whistleblowing Alert and Advice Line, compared to 20 calls in the previous six months.

Of the 49 calls made, 34 were to raise a public-interest concern around issues such as a potential risk to patient safety or poor working practices.

Most callers said they had already raised their concern with senior staff, with some reporting being ignored or even victimised as a result. Other calls related to private matters such as employment or HR issues.

Of the callers who said which health board they worked for, the highest number were from NHS Highland, with seven staff making contact during six months.

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