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'Fear and intimidation' in NHS

The Royal College of Nursing says nearly a quarter of nurses have been warned off raising concerns about patient care in the NHS - in spite of the Stafford Hospital scandal.

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Hundreds of nurses 'unclear' over whistleblowing policy

According to the survey by the Royal College of Nursing:

  • A third of nurses questioned said they didn't know whether their organisation had a whistle blowing policy
  • Of the 64% who had raised concerns, nearly one in ten said they had raised concerns as little as a week ago
  • Nearly half of the concerns raised were about staffing levels
  • 21% were about patient safety
  • 45% of nurses who had raised concerns said their employer took no action

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