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Bi-weekly News Round-Up/24 August

Lucy Letby

Whistleblowing stops harm – but only when whistleblowers are heard. Could deaths have been avoided if concerns raised about Lucy Letby had been acted on sooner? This week Andrew Pepper-Parsons, Director of Policy at Protect, and Elizabeth Gardiner, CEO Protect, appeared on both Sky News and TalkTv.

+ Hospital bosses ignored months of doctors’ warnings about Lucy Letby. (BBC)

+ New doctor behaviour guidelines include sexual harassment and whistleblowing standards. (The Independant)

+ The change that makes the changes… (NHS

Time to do better 

More inappropriate behaviour from Downing Street. Former advisor is accused of further sexual misconduct from whistleblowers. (Financial Times) 

+ Adding more fuel for the need to reform culture in the Met after review into sexism, and misogynistic culture earlier this year. (Liverpool Echo)

+ 62% of LGBTQ+ journalists report harassment internally – what does this say for speak up culture? Are there viable frameworks for these victims to report through? Do they feel discouraged to raise concerns? (

+ Female paramedic says she “expects to be sexualised” by colleagues at work. (BBC News)

Whistleblowing side effects 

Poor treatment is unfortunately far too common for whistleblowers. ITV whistleblowers raise their concerns with the Culture Media and Sport Committee in Parliament report. (ITV News)

Up in the air… 

All too apt, elf bar campaigns appear to be blowing smoke over new range of recyclable one-use electronic cigarettes. (MSN)

+ Thomas LLoyd Energy denies whistleblower accusations of misleading and withholding information, as investigation is ongoing. (Investment Week)

Discovering the truth  

Thanks to a whistleblower raising the alarm, New Zealand immigration ministers order review of the country’s Accredited Employer Work Visa scheme. 115 migrants from India have been found in overcrowded living conditions after travelling to New Zealand under the scheme. (NZ Herald)