The Whistleblower

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Learning Objectives:-
  • The role, responsibilities and requirements of the GMC in whistleblowing
  • The importance of trust, integrity, honesty and good communication in all professional relationships
  • The need to know how and where to seek appropriate help

Students should be able to:

  • Respond appropriately clinical errors
  • Follow procedures for reporting adverse incidents
  • Adhere to legal and ethical responsibilities that protect patients

  Legal Aspects of the case

  Ethical Issues Raised

  In Clinical Practice

  • GMC Guidance: Good Medical Practice
  • NHS Department of Health: The NHS Constitution and Whistleblowing (A paper for consultation)
  • Antecedents and Outcomes of Retaliation Against Whistleblowers: Gender Differences and Power Relationships by Michael T Regh, Marcia P. Miceli, Janet P. Near, James R. Van Scotter in Organization Science Vol.19, No. 2, March-April 2008, pp. 221-240
  • The key to effective whistleblowing is interprofessional collaboration. BMJ 2009;339:b3055

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almostadoctor says...
There's a new whistleblowing white paper by the Department of health
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Vres replied...
Cheers! This is a useful document. You should go onto the MPS website and check up theirreply to it as well!
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Whistler says...
lol I swear my consultant sound like that consultant! Even looks like him as well!
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Dom says...
Why didn't the Junior doctor go straight to the GMC?
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Vres says...
I guess she had no idea what to do and was in a rubbish situation. if she went to the GMC it would blow up massively into a really big deal, and the guy would be in a lot more trouble. and at the moment, it's only her word against his. if she is wrong, s
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Authors: Mark Baxter, Alana Brown-Kerr

Editors: Philip Xiu, Jacky Wong

Voice Actors: Philip Xiu, Victoria Turner