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NMC backs Whistleblowing campaign

The body which regulates the nursing industry, the NMC, have given their backing to new rules to protect those who “blow the whistle” in their employment.

The Nursing and Midwifery Council have joined major employers and public sector bodies in calling for changes to the law to encourage disclosures in the public interests.

Research by campaign group Public Concern at Work has found many whistleblowers have lost their jobs after bringing important health and safety or financial matters to their employers, with no formal sanction possible against the employer.

PCaW’s campaign is for a Code of Practice to be introduced which will give guarantees of protection, backed by guidance and training on distinguishing between whistleblowing cases and those where disciplinary action should be taken. Those who sign up to the “First 100” campaign are agreeing that they will adhere to the Code, even though they are under no legal obligation to do so until the law changes.

Jon Billings, the NMC’s Director of Strategy, said: “We are delighted to be one of the first organisations to sign up to PCaW’s campaign. “At a time when raising concerns and whistleblowing continue to be high on the public agenda it is important for all organisations to ensure that they have clear, proportionate and fair whistleblowing.

“The NMC is committed to handling concerns and whistleblowers in accordance with PCaW’s code of practice.”

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