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NHS whistleblowers’ anonymity at mercy of inadequate trust IT policies and processes

There is tribunal-tested evidence of whistleblowers who have been persecuted in NHS trusts. Unless anonymity can be guaranteed, there will be a reluctance by many to come forward with concerns, which can sometimes be a matter of life and death. The NHS has an internal policy to protect staff who have concerns, known as NHS Freedom to Speak Up (FTSU), which was introduced 2016. But whistleblower identities are often stored in Word and Excel files on NHS trust computers, leaving them open to snooping by senior executives. All NHS and foundation trusts have a FTSU guardian in post,...

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