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Nuffield Hospital joins Speak out Safely campaign to protect whistle-blowers

By Mblazeby  |  Posted: May 13, 2014

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The Nuffield Health Hospital in Bournemouth has become the first hospital in Dorset and the first private healthcare provider in the UK to sign up to the Speak out Safely (SOS) campaign.

The announcement comes after the Nuffield Health Hospitals honoured ‘International Nurses’ Day’ on Monday 12th May.

The SOS campaign, which is led by Nursing Times, aims to preserve patient safety by encouraging frontline staff to speak out if they witness poor practice and protect them if they do.

The campaign aims to promote collaboration and commitment between hospitals to allow staff to raise and report issues without worrying about the consequences.

Nuffield Hospital Bournemouth Matron, Anne Richardson, said: “Any initiative which helps to raise the bar in terms of patient safety should be applauded.

“Following the Francis report into care at Mid Staffordshire Hospital it is imperative that we empower frontline staff to make decisions and raise concerns without fear of reprisal or bullying.”

The campaign also calls on the Government to introduce a statutory duty of transparency which allows health professionals to reveal care failings and to protect them when they feel they need to take their concerns outside of the organisation.

Jenni Middleton, Editor of the Nursing Times, said: "We are delighted that Nuffield Health has signed up to Nursing Times’s ‘Speak out safely’ campaign.

“It's really important that all organisations in healthcare encourage their staff to raise concerns and listen to them and act on them when they do. This is the only way to make healthcare organisations safe for patients.”

Nuffield Health has 200 hospitals, fitness centres and other facilities across the UK and employs over 15,000 health experts to provide treatment.

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