Ayrshire’s whistleblower champion urged the head of the council to promote a culture in which people can feel confident in raising concerns across health and social care services.
The new National Whistleblower Standard came into force on April 1st across NHS Scotland. This has been delayed since last year due to a pandemic.
Dr. Sukhomoy Das worked at the Crosshouse until he expressed concern about his ability to act as Locum.
He was subsequently the victim of the NHS Ayrshire and Alan Health Commissions as a whistleblower. The court found that he had been unfairly excluded from new job opportunities on the Health Commission.
The new policy also stipulates that senior management within the health and social care partnership must promote a culture that encourages staff to raise issues and concerns as soon as possible.
Chief Health and Social Care Officers will allow both local and NHS staff, including students, trainees, government workers and volunteers, to express concerns and access the procedures of both employers. need to do it.
Dr. Das said: “I just wanted to emphasize the importance of whistleblowers in the NHS Partner Services and basically explain my entire role in the standards. The standards are not just for NHS staff, but for healthcare that provides NHS services. It also applies to social care partnerships.
“they [the standards] Applicable to all [services and] It must be available to anyone who provides NHS services directly or indirectly. This includes current and former employees, agency workers, contractors, third sector workers, trainees and students, and part-time director volunteers. I feel that partnerships and other services can also raise concerns.
“This is a slightly more complex area than before due to this integration being done with respect to the application of standards.
“The Chief Executive Officer is responsible for ensuring that the systems and procedures for raising concerns are in place. Each partnership evaluates the concerns raised and publishes and promotes information about the concerns raised. It is expected to show the staff that they are doing so.
“I want to promote a culture where people can express their concerns with confidence. It’s beneficial to the service. It’s technically a public interest disclosure, so public interest disclosure in public services is fully funded. It is important to support it being provided and used by the general public. ”
He added: “If the whistleblower is later announced in the media or by other means, the company’s reputation will not be protected, so there is a false belief that the whistleblower will be silenced to protect the organization’s reputation. I think, that is, the organization is at high risk. ”
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