Whistleblowers: Heroes Not Traitors

Fiona Hotston Moore | Posted 03.05.2015 | UK
Fiona Hotston Moore

Whistleblowing can be discouraged in subtle ways to do with working culture in an organisation: Fear of being exposed as a 'grass' or not a team player. All these can chill a career and make a working life hell on earth.

Sam Adams Award 2015: Whistleblowers Warn of Dangers to Democracy

Charlie Skelton | Posted 25.03.2015 | UK Politics
Charlie Skelton

The reality is, being a whistleblower is a tough road to tread - as the former CIA analyst Ray McGovern said. At best, you get a pat on the back and a free glass of wine at an awards bash in Berlin.

Are Scotland Yard Officers Being Arrested Just for Complaining About Racism?

David Churchill | Posted 28.02.2015 | UK
David Churchill

While remembering both officers came from different units, this rings alarm bells of a possible more wide-spread culture where attempts are made to falsely discredit, alienate and drive out officers who dare to criticise - even if they were right to complain.

Work for the American Government? Listen In

Alastair Sloan | Posted 18.11.2014 | UK
Alastair Sloan

Call me a whistleblowing geek - but I keep a poster of Daniel Ellsberg on the board above my desk. I'm an independent freelance journalist, and in the...

The Whistleblower Reality Check.

Rita Pal | Posted 20.10.2014 | UK
Rita Pal

The NHS cannot solely wait for ad hoc complaints/litigation from patients or whistleblowers to trigger improvements. An overhaul in the culture is required so raising concerns is part of the job description for every healthcare professional.

The Necessity of State Secrecy in Combating Al-Qaeda

Robin Simcox | Posted 27.10.2013 | UK Politics
Robin Simcox

For better or worse, Bradley Manning and Edward Snowden have ignited a debate on state secrecy. The momentum within public sentiment presently seems to be that our governments have concealed too much, for too long.

Tackling Whistleblowing Through Employee Engagement

Rose Schreiber | Posted 15.09.2013 | UK
Rose Schreiber

Public exposure to whistleblowing has risen dramatically over the last few years. Far beyond the realms of Julian Assange and Edward Snowden, the inte...

Whistleblowing: The GMC's Acute Confusional State

Rita Pal | Posted 17.08.2013 | UK
Rita Pal

In reality, their position is confused: the GMC doesn't understand whistleblowing, and is often used by Trusts as an instrument of victimisation.

Speaking Up For Speaking Out

Seth Freedman | Posted 13.07.2013 | UK
Seth Freedman

As whistleblowing charity Public Concern At Work (PCAW) describe it, a "culture of silence" continues to reign in workplaces across Britain, despite years of promises from politicians to improve protection and support for those bringing their concerns to light.

Big Six Backlash Boiling Over

Seth Freedman | Posted 17.06.2013 | UK Politics
Seth Freedman

The heat is on energy companies now more than ever, with public anger stoked by near-weekly revelations of egregious behaviour by Big Six firms and their peers. Tuesday's Energy and Climate Change committee grilling of power providers was an eye-opening spectacle.

Government 'Ignored' Warnings Over NHS Death Rates, Public Health Expert Claims

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 16.03.2013 | UK

Government ministers and the NHS ignored warnings about persistently high death rates in hospitals which could have claimed the lives of up to 20,000 ...

Not Our Market, Not Our Problem

Seth Freedman | Posted 06.05.2013 | UK Politics
Seth Freedman

If you believe the official hype, the FSA's apathetic conduct while the Libor scandal developed was entirely proper, despite being told explicitly by market participants that manipulation was afoot.

Myths and Realities of Whistleblowing

Margaret Heffernan | Posted 04.05.2013 | UK Politics
Margaret Heffernan

The NHS has a miserable history of dealing with whistleblowers. Its gagging clauses make it worse and the Service's current defensiveness is blinding it to the most important lesson implicit in whistleblower stories.

Whistleblowing: Why the NHS Couldn't Care Less

Dr Raj Persaud | Posted 17.04.2013 | UK
Dr Raj Persaud

The full scale of the way the NHS tries to gag clinicians from speaking out about poor clinical care is only now emerging.

Half-Empty Tankard

Seth Freedman | Posted 13.04.2013 | UK
Seth Freedman

Now is not a good time to run a price reporting agency. Following allegations of market manipulation in November, a seismic event last week saw a triumvirate of broking firms seek to wrest control of the setting of gas prices, with the launch of their own benchmark, dubbed the Tankard Index.

Patient Safety at Mid Staffordshire and North Staffordshire

Rita Pal | Posted 12.04.2013 | UK
Rita Pal

A long overdue public inquiry into the appalling standards of care at Mid Staffordshire NHS Trust is complete. The findings are not unexpected.

To Blow Or Not to Blow?

Seth Freedman | Posted 31.03.2013 | UK Politics
Seth Freedman

My experience at the centre of the gas price-fixing allegations has been a textbook case of what happens when companies find themselves under the spotlight after allegations of abuse have come to the surface.

Whistleblowing - A Call for New Legislation

Hugh Salmon | Posted 06.08.2012 | UK
Hugh Salmon

On 24 May, when I posted the first of this trilogy on whistleblowing, I referred to a front page article in Management Today about Michael Woodford, 'the British chief executive who blew the whistle on a $1.7bn (£1bn) corporate fraud at Japanese electronics giant Olympus'.

Whistleblowers - Brave Heroes or Social Outcasts?

Hugh Salmon | Posted 23.07.2012 | UK
Hugh Salmon

The word 'whistleblower' has re-entered my life. I hate this word with a passion.

Medical Whistleblowing - Is it Safe?

Rita Pal | Posted 27.01.2012 | UK
Rita Pal

One night, we sat in a movie theatre consuming large amounts of Haagen Dazs ice-cream. Whistleblower reprisal is difficult to deal with and those of u...

Vexatious Whistleblowing

Rita Pal | Posted 13.01.2012 | UK
Rita Pal

Of late, the word whistleblower appears everywhere. Everyone wants to be a whistleblower as if it was a buzz word. To lawyers these days, whistle-blow...