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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-01925: Neil Findlay (Lothian)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 12 August 2016

To ask the Scottish Government how many NHS whistleblowers have had disciplinary action taken against them or have experienced detriment to their career since the Whistleblower Champions scheme was introduced.

Answered by: Shona Robison 7 September 2016

Disciplinary action against any member of staff is a contractual issue between an employee and their employer and we do not hold information centrally.

The Management of Employee Conduct and Implementing and Reviewing Whistleblowing Arrangements in NHS Scotland PIN policies set out the rights and responsibilities of boards, managers, employees and trade unions/professional organisations in respect of both employees who are subject to any disciplinary action and the procedures and legal protections covering staff who wish to raise concerns.

The whistleblowing policy makes clear that if a member of staff raises a genuine concern, they will not be at risk of losing their job or suffering any detriment.

We have also worked closely with the UK Government to ensure that NHS Scotland employers are included within new legislation to protect whistleblowers applying for jobs within NHS Scotland from discrimination from prospective employers.