NHS in Brief: MPs pan Health Safety board plan

Plans for a new body aimed at creating “safe spaces” for whistleblowers have been criticised by MPs for allowing Trusts to carry out internal investigations into concerns raised.

Sir Bernard Jenkin MP, chair of the Joint Committee on the Draft Health Service Safety Investigations Bill, said: “For too long health professionals have worked in an environment where blame can be part and parcel of investigations and speaking openly could be damaging to career prospects.

“We are concerned, however, that the draft Bill proposes accrediting some NHS trusts to undertake ‘safe space’ investigations.

“We believe that this is misconceived as only a fully independent body such as HSSIB should be afforded the powers and responsibility of ‘safe space’.”