A wicked problem? Whistleblowing in healthcare organisations

Comment on “Cultures of silence and cultures of voice: The role of whistleblowing in healthcare organisations”

Paula Hyde*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Mannion and Davies’ article recognises whistleblowing as an important means of identifying quality and safety issues in healthcare organisations. While ‘voice’ is a useful lens through which to examine whistleblowing, it also obscures a shifting pattern of uncertain ‘truths.’ By contextualising cultures which support or impede whislteblowing at an organisational level, two issues are overlooked; the power of wider institutional interests to silence those who might raise the alarm and changing ideas about what constitutes adequate care. A broader contextualisation of whistleblowing might illuminate further facets of this multi-dimensional problem.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)267-269
Number of pages3
JournalInternational Journal of Health Policy and Management
Volume5
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • whistleblowing
  • Healthcare Organisations
  • Safer Care
  • Truth to Power

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