Blowing the whistle is a frightening thought. The evidence shows that blowing the whistle might not result in the issue you were trying to expose being dealt with, and might lead to you being bullied, counter-accused, sacked, and shunned by your co-workers.
- 25% of whistleblowers experience reprisals from managers or colleagues.
- The number of employees claiming to have been sacked, mistreated or bullied as a result of whistle-blowing has risen from 157 cases in 1999 to 1,791 in 2009.
- £1.25 million of taxpayer’s money was paid out in compensation in 2009/10 after employment tribunals found that NHS staff had been mistreated after whistle-blowing. Many cases were settled out of court so the actual figure will be much higher.
- Only 36% of UK Civil Servants believe an issue would be addressed if they raised a concern under the Civil Service Code. (A high proportion of leaks by Civil Servants happen because they feel that information is being ignored or suppressed in policy debate). Continue reading