Dilemma of the whistleblower: is it possible to speak out safely?

The existing legislation to protect whistleblowers is piecemeal in nature and, consequently, many are slower to speak out than they otherwise would be, writes Nicola Cooke.

29th January, 2012
Dilemma of the whistleblower: is it possible to speak out safely?
Louise Bayliss, whose patient advocacy contract was cut short after she spoke publicly about events at St Brendan's Psychiatric Hospital. Photo: Photocall

The difficulties faced by whistleblowers were back in focus last week following the reinstatement of Louise Bayliss, who revealed that psychiatric patients had been moved to a closed unit for Christmas.

Bayliss, a patient advocate, had her six-month contract cut short by the Irish Advocacy Network (IAN), which is part-funded by the Health Service Executive (HSE), after speaking out publicly on radio last month. Bayliss had discovered that some female patients at St Brendan's psychiatric...

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