Independent officer to support whistleblowers
NHS whistleblowers who are not satisfied with internal investigations will soon have support from an independent whistleblowing officer.
The Independent National Whistleblowing Officer (INWO), said to be a UK first, will act under the auspices of the Scottish Public Services Ombudsman (SPSO) with statutory powers to help whistleblowers.
The INWO will also examine health boards’ culture and approach to whistleblowing – particularly where a whistleblower claims to have been unfairly treated after raising a concern.
Health Secretary Shona Robison said: “The Independent National Whistleblowing Officer will give staff the ability to access an independent, external body who can review their case and bring it to a clear, final and fair conclusion.”
Rosemary Agnew, the Scottish Public Services Ombudsman, said: “My aim is to ensure standards are consistent, properly applied and result in fair outcomes, while also providing the necessary safeguarding of patients, and those raising the complaints.”