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NHS Employers welcomes the GMC's report showing greater priority on reporting concerns

29th September 2011

Dean Royles, director of the NHS Employers organisation, welcomes today's publication by the General Medical Council called 'Research into Fitness to Practise referrals'.

He said:

"It is encouraging that the General Medical Council recognises that employers are giving priority to reporting concerns and that this is having a positive impact on patient safety. Protecting patients is of paramount importance to employers, who have worked hard to improve procedures and policies for reporting concerns, making it easier for staff to raise concerns with confidence.

"Employers know the importance of vigilance in ensuring a culture where reporting concerns is expected and encouraged. The NHS Staff Survey shows improvements to the culture of reporting where the vast majority of staff know how to raise concerns.

"Employers will act when concerns are raised and will involve the regulators where appropriate, therefore we welcome the GMC liaison service which will help them navigate the appropriate referral route.

"Encouragingly the GMC report shows that 95 per cent of referrals by employers to the GMC were also highlighted to the National Clinical Assessment Service. This suggests that they are not only taking steps to protect the public but also seeking to resolve the problem, reflecting the duty of care employers have both to the public and the staff they employ.

"To support employers with embedding the aims of 'Speak up for a healthy NHS', we have recently issued communications resources to be used locally to encourage staff to raise concerns."

The NHS Employers organisation's guidance on raising concerns was published on 12 September 2011 and is available here.

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Article Information

Title: NHS Employers welcomes the GMC's report showing greater priority on reporting concerns
Author: Martine Hamilton
Article Id: 19913
Date Added: 29th Sep 2011

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