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Sir Robert Francis QC asks NHS to speak up on whistleblowing

7 August 2014
  • Public

Our non-executive Board member, Sir Robert Francis QC, has launched his independent review into whistleblowing in the NHS by asking frontline staff across the country to speak up about their experiences.

The independent review will look at how staff can be supported to raise their concerns to make sure people receive safe care.

Sir Robert Francis QC was asked to lead the public inquiry at the request of Secretary of State for Health, Jeremy Hunt, in June.

CQC Chief Executive David Behan said: "Sir Robert Francis’s review will provide an invaluable opportunity for the health and care systems to learn from people who raise concerns.  

"CQC takes all whistleblowing concerns seriously and we are currently looking at how we can better use whistleblowing information in our new inspections. We will use a range of data, including the number of whistleblowing alerts about the trust, to help us decide when and where to inspect. Our new inspections consider how hospitals respond to concerns raised by their staff."

Find out more

NHS professionals can find out more about how they can contribute to Sir Robert’s review by visiting Freedom to speak up.

Last updated:
29 May 2017