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Ministers accused of 'failing whistleblowers'

MPs have accused ministers of failing to put in place effective policies to protect whistleblowers despite their role in exposing a series of major scandals.

Chair of the Commons Public Accounts Committee Margaret Hodge said all too often whistleblowers were treated "shockingly," including being bullied and harassed by colleagues.

She added it could have a detrimental effect on whistleblowers coming forward in the future.

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'Whistleblowers must be provided with proper support'

Whistleblowers must be given proper support so they have the courage to come forward, the chair of the Commons Public Accounts Committee has said.

Margaret Hodge revealed six out of 10 people would not speak out over fears of reprisals from bullying colleagues.

She told ITV News there must be tougher government sanctions against this so it does not have a detrimental effect on uncovering scandals in the future.

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