Support for whistle-blowing NHS staff expanded with helpline
Support for NHS staff who report concerns about malpractice or patient safety is to be expanded.
The NHS Scotland Confidential Alert Line will become the Whistleblowing Alert and Advice Services for NHS Scotland (AALS) from the start of next month.
The service, to be run by charity Public Concern at Work, will offer support from legally trained advisers and will help callers consider their options if they are unsure about how or whether to whistle-blow.It will also pass on concerns raised by staff, with their consent, for further investigation.
Health secretary Shona Robison said the service is aimed at supporting a culture where speaking up is encouraged.