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Weekly News Round-Up / 31 March

Your weekly dose of what’s up in whistleblowing.

Government finally launches review into whistleblowing framework 

Sybille Raphael, Legal Director at Protect, comments on the government review ‘The UK can be proud of having led the way on whistleblowing protection, but our law was passed in 1998 and now needs updating’. (Personnel Today) 

+ Ian King breaks down the need for the whistleblowing review and history of how we got to the current state of affairs. (Sky News) 

+ Read Protect’s, UK’s leading whistleblowing charity, statement on the review. (Protect) 

Deep seated problems in the NHS and care homes 

University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Trust accepts the report recommendations, but many whistleblowers reported the ‘toxic’ working culture to the media. (The Independent)  

+ Care homes are under further criticism (MSN) as whistleblowers sound alarms to CQC in a second location. (BBC News)

And criticism of the CQC’s own whistleblowing arrangements 

+ Disappointment in the CQC for failing to effectively act on whistleblowing concerns of racism. (HSJ) 

+ Full CQC report here. (CQC

Whistleblowing in the tribunal

A whistleblower received £168k compensation after his concerns about bullying, racism, and sexual harassment were leaked to colleagues. Liz Gardiner, CEO Protect, comments on the importance of the law and how employers should improve their arrangements. (HR Grapevine

Consequences of whistleblowing  

Jonathan Taylor and other whistleblowers explain the impact of whistleblowing. (Open Democracy) 

+ Worrying whistleblowing case in Australia shows the risks public servants take without immunity. (The Guardian 

+ Dr Rosalind Ranson was dismissed unfairly for whistleblowing. After a recent psychiatric assessment, it was found she would not be fit to work, due to the mental repercussions of whistleblowing, for 4 years. (Manx Radio)

Massive fraud in the food sector  

Thanks to former employees speaking out, major fraud and food safety issues have been uncovered. (Farmers Weekly)

Whistleblowers against sexual harassment  

Following last week’s allegations of misogyny and sexual misconduct in the army, an inquiry has been announced by the Irish Government to explore the accusations. (MSN)