On the 17th July 2017, the Scottish Government announced an “Enhanced service for NHS Scotland staff”
The Scottish Government began this announcement stating that:
“Staff in Scotland’s health service will continue to benefit from external support should they have any concerns about patient safety or malpractice”
From 1 August, the NHS Scotland Confidential Alert Line will be re-branded as the Whistleblowing Alert and Advice Services for NHS Scotland (AALS).
This was reported in the Scotsman of the 17th July 2017:
The Scottish Government confirm the enhancements that have been made:
Some personal thoughts:
I have never been a “whistleblower”. I have however raised concerns relating to patient wellbeing and safety in NHS Scotland, and in particular for our older generation. I share the view of Sir Robert Francis that “freedom to speak up” is a better and more encompassing term.
My experience of trying my best to put patients first in NHS Scotland has left…
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