This year, an independent review of whisleblowing in the NHS made recommendations as to how whistleblowers could be given greater protection. The review, chaired by Sir Robert Francis, intended to improve the quality of patient care and safety in the health service. But with many practitioners remaining unregulated, there are unanswered questions as to how reports of mistakes can be properly investigated and the necessary action taken against incompetent or negligent practitioners. Amanda Casey, Chair of the Registration Council for Clinical Physiologists, makes the case for regulation of professionals whose work poses potential risks to patients and can place healthcare managers in an invidious position.
- Francis review