Nurses believe concerns ignored

More than half of nurses believe their concerns about patient care are being ignored, according to a survey. It follows the Francis Report which criticised Stafford Hospital for "appalling standards of care".

Health minister: steps taken to listen to whistleblowers

A survey by the Nursing Times has found that over half of nurses believe their concerns about patient care are being ignored.

It follows the Francis Report which criticised Stafford Hospital for "appalling standards of care".

Health Minister Dr Dan Poulter said,

We are determined that staff who have the courage and integrity to speak out in the interests of patient safety are protected and listened to.

We have already taken a range of measures to protect and support whistleblowers in the NHS - including funding a national helpline, embedding rights in their employment contracts and issuing new guidance in partnership with trades unions and employers.

We are now considering the recommendations of the Francis Report in full and whether we need go further.

– Dr Dan Poulter, Health Minister

Nurses fear being labelled as troublemakers if they raise concerns

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Jenni Middleton "I have spoken to nurses who, having raised concerns, have been sidelined and ostracised by their employers" #NTSOS

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Half of nurses who had raised concerns about the NHS said they were not dealt with properly http://t.co/PJ5EHxzwDx Follow @nursingtimessos

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Almost 30% of nurses said being viewed as a troublemaker was the biggest barrier to speaking up http://t.co/PJ5EHxzwDx #NTSOS

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Nurses believe concerns about patient care ignored

Nurses believe concerns ignored Credit: Angelika Warmuth/DPA/Press Association Images

More than half of nurses believe their concerns about patient care are being ignored, according to a survey. Research for the Nursing Times found that staff are scared they will be labelled as troublemakers if they highlight problems.

It follows the Francis Report which criticised Stafford Hospital for "appalling standards of care".