2020–2021 healthcare professional regulators’ whistleblowing report published

Published on 27 September 2021

We received 192 whistleblowing disclosures in 2020–2021. That’s compared to 107 disclosures received the previous year.

Details can be found in the joint healthcare professional regulators’ whistleblowing report, published today. The report highlights the collaborative efforts of eight regulators to address serious issues that health and care professionals have raised in UK workplaces.

The rise in disclosures to the NMC is largely due to Covid-19. Around a third of disclosures made during this year were related to the pandemic. Several focused on issues with health and safety, and management. We also received concerns about personal protective equipment (PPE), staffing, and infection prevention and control processes.

Commenting on the report, Matthew McClelland, our Executive Director of Strategy and Insight, said:

“It’s really important that people working in health and social care feel it’s safe to raise concerns and have confidence they will be listened to and action will be taken.

“Today’s report shows how seriously we, and other regulators, take whistleblowing concerns that are raised with us. Acting on concerns helps foster safety culture and drive improvement in health and social care. I encourage nurses, midwives, and nursing associates to speak up with confidence if they have concerns.”

You can read more about what whistleblowing is and why it matters on our website.

Read the Whistleblowing disclosures report for 2020-2021.

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