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Whistleblowing in the health-related professions

Gerald Vinten


Abstract

The correspondence and publicity following the disciplining and subsequent settlement in his favour, prior to an Industrial Tribunal, of Stockport Health Authority Charge Nurse Graham Pink, suggested that the urge to blow the whistle was at almost epidemic proportions in the British National Health Service (NHS). It might be surmised that the only device which kept this under control was the fear of discipline and dismissal. This fear has been increased by the contracts of employment of the NHS Trusts which have outlawed whistleblowing. There are similar pressures for those working in other health-related professions, and in health and safety, and environmental protection 

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