It has been confirmed that a major review regarding whistleblowing in the NHS will be published on 11 February 2015.
A final report of ‘The Freedom to Speak Up’ review carried out by Sir Robert Francis has been sent to Jeremy Hunt for his review.
It was announced in June 2014 that Sir Robert had been appointed to lead a review of how whistleblowers are treated in the NHS and to consider necessary action to protect NHS workers who speak out in the public interest.
Speaking ahead of the review’s launch in August 2014, Sir Robert said the role of probing claims made by NHS whistleblowers could be taken out of the hands of hospital trusts. He also said that whistleblower concerns should be subjected to outside scrutiny. He said: ‘In the same way I have suggested complaints from patients will often need a degree of external investigation and independent scrutiny [that] they haven’t had before, I don’t see why the same can’t be suggested for staff raising concerns.’
The review was originally due to be published last November, but it was postponed to 2015 due to the high number of contributions and evidence it had received.