NO action is taken in almost half of cases where nurses blow the whistle about poor NHS care, according to a survey of health workers.
The poll of more than 3,000 nurses for the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) found nothing was done when fears were raised about issues including patient safety and too few staff on duty.
Of the nurses who responded in the North East and Cumbria, 28 per cent said that they had been discouraged or told directly not to raise concerns about patient safety.
Only half said they had received feedback from their employer or manager after raising concerns.
Sixty per cent said that they wouldn’t be confident they would be protected by their employer if they raised concerns about patient care.
Estephanie Dunn, acting regional director, said: “These results are alarming. It would be worrying enough to learn that any nurse was being told by their line manager not to report concerns over patient safety.”