Doctors stay clear of whistleblowing
- By: Neil Chanchlani
Doctors could be jeopardising patient care by failing to report concerns about their colleagues’ behaviour. A survey, carried out in Scotland last month, by the British Medical Association found that 40% of the 384 doctors surveyed were too fearful of consequences to whistleblow on another colleague or senior doctor.1 Repercussions, including fear of losing one’s job and being reprimanded, have prevented doctors from whistleblowing—defined as revealing wrongdoing to the public or to those in positions of authority.
Despite six in every 10 doctors surveyed admitting they had experienced concern about another colleague, only 60% of these doctors reported it. Concerns for standard of patient care and concerns about the behaviour of fellow staff members were the highest reported cases in which doctors felt wary.
When asked for reasons why he or she did not express concerns regarding an incident, over 65% of the respondents felt that if they had it