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Whistleblowers should 'speak out from inside'

It should be easier for workers concerned about working conditions to come forward and make their views known, a charity believes.

Public Concern at Work, which supports whistleblowers, is launching a commission on the subject.

It will be led by former Appeal Court judge Sir Anthony Hooper and includes NHS whistleblower Gary Walker, who broke his confidentiality agreement by speaking to the Today programme.

Legal correspondent Clive Coleman explains architecture of the current system that is in place for whistleblowers and explains it seems that workers still feel that they are unable to come forward.

Carol Sergeant, director of Public Concern at Work, told Today presenter James Naughtie that she wants "to understand better what inhibits individuals from raising issues".

"We want to encourage people to speak out [from] within an organisation," she said.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4's Today programme on Tuesday 19 February 2013.

  • 19 Feb 2013
  • From the section UK