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Protect’s Head of Policy interviewed on BBC about Ockenden Review

Protect’s Head of Policy, Andrew Pepper-Parsons, was interviewed by BBC Shropshire about the shocking findings of the Ockenden Review into NHS Shrewsbury and Telford.

He detailed the scale of abuse of whistleblowers in the UK and how this can have horrendous impacts on public safety and workplace conditions. He also discussed what needs to change in the NHS and with whistleblowing law.

Andy said “It’s incredibly sad. There’s some really horrific human stories amongst really worrying data…It’s clear that some NHS boards and Senior managers are just not listening to whistleblowing concerns.”

He added “Whistleblowing is most effective if the employer deals with the concern as…early in the process as possible…A key point is to get employers realising that it is in the interest of them as managers… and the public itself to deal with those whistleblowing concerns.”

You can listen to the whole interview, starting at 1:35:09, here.

Protect has called for a full independent review into Speak Up in the NHS. See our full response to the Ockenden Review here.

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