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Carers

Volume 710: debated on Thursday 7 May 2009

Question

Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will give better protection to carers for the elderly who inform on bad employers. [HL3026]

The Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998 gives full protection of the law to employees who act in the public interest, and the penalties for those who penalise staff for doing so are potentially very severe.

The department sponsors a helpline run by the whistleblowing charity Public Concern at Work, which provides confidential advice for employees by legal experts on how to raise concerns responsibly. It can be accessed by anyone who is concerned about standards of care or other relevant matters.

The Care Quality Commission can make use of the powers it has in relation to registration to take action against providers who are failing to comply with relevant legislation such as that relating to whistleblowing.