A new Statutory Instrument has come into effect relating to whistleblowers.
The introduction of the Statutory Instrument means that every Member of Parliament is now a prescribed person for the purpose of the Public Disclosure Act. With this change whistleblowers now get employment protection if they go to their MP for help or to report issues with their employer.
This dramatically increases the protection of constituents who wish to whistle blow to their MP over issues in the workplace which will hopefully encourage people who have experienced problems at work to seek help from their MP.
Rosie Cooper MP said:
“Through my work on the Health Select Committee I’ve seen how whistleblowers in the NHS have been vital in highlighting poor patient care and poor management.
“In the past many people taking the brave decision to whistle blow have been persecuted in the workplace resulting in them losing their jobs.
“Giving added protection to whistleblowers and making their MP a formal point of contact is to be welcomed. People concerned about the actions of their employer should feel able to speak out without fear of reprisals and damage to their career.”