Report reveals more NHS workers feel confident to speak up...and more are doing so

A new report published by the National Guardian’s Office reveals that over the last year, cases of speaking up to guardians have risen by 73 per cent compared to 2017/18. These include cases with an element of bullying and harassment and that have impacted on patient safety and quality of care.

Of the 12,000 cases raised between 1 April 2018 and 31 March 2019, guardians reported that almost a third included an element of patient safety/quality of care, and just over forty per cent included an element of bullying/harassment.

There are now Freedom to Speak Up Guardians in every NHS trust in England, introduced in the wake of the Francis Inquiry into the events at Mid-Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust.

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