Sup­port for whis­tle-blow­ing NHS staff ex­panded with helpline

The Courier & Advertiser (Angus and The Mearns Edition) - - News -

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.

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