Doctors told to blow the whistle or be struck off
Thursday 26 January 2012
Doctors who fail to raise concerns about sub- standard patient care could be struck off, according to whistle-blowing guidance published yesterday.
The General Medical Council (GMC) has also banned doctors from signing "gagging clauses" that stops them raising patient safety issues amid increasing reports about trusts using pay-off agreements to silence health professionals.
The GMC yesterday said that the interests of the patient must "trump everything" and doctors must not sign such contracts, which risk their own careers and the health of patients.
Medical managers also face a regulatory clampdown if they fail to properly deal with concerns raised by more junior colleagues.
The new guidance, which comes into force from March, comes only weeks before the final report into the scandal at Mid Staffordshire hospitals, where up to 1,200 people died unnecessarily.
It makes clear that doctors should first raise concerns in their workplace, but then go to the GMC or the Care Quality Commission (CQC). Doctors can then go public if patients are still at risk.
The CQC has asked at least six employees since 2009 to sign confidentiality agreements that stop them from publicly criticising the organisation, it was revealed yesterday.
Life & Style blogs
National Burger Day: all your beefy questions answered
36-year-old skeleton of dead baby found inside Indian woman
Anal sex study reveals climate of 'coercion'
The science of saturated fat: A big fat surprise about nutrition?
Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini review: a watertight little brother to the S5 with a top flight screen
- 1 Miley Cyrus' homeless MTV VMAs date, Jesse Helt, is wanted by the police
- 2 Arizona shooting: Gun instructor accidentally killed by nine-year-old girl with Uzi
- 3 Paul Scholes: Manchester City were so good against Liverpool I felt like turning the television off
- 4 Notting Hill Carnival: Woman shares selfie after being ‘punched in face for telling man to stop groping her’
- 5 Homer Simpson takes the ALS ice bucket challenge because of course he does
- < Previous
- Next >
£20000 - £24000 Per Annum 28 days holiday, free parking, pension: Clearwater P...
£38000 - £40000 Per Annum: Clearwater People Solutions Ltd: Our client based i...
£115 - £140 per day: Randstad Education Luton: Primary supply teacher Hertford...
£115 - £121 per day: Randstad Education Luton: primary teacher Hertfordshire