Protected Disclosures of Information in the Workplace

Whistleblowing

The HSE's Commitment

The HSE is committed to hearing from and responding to concerns raised by staff. Arrangements for dealing with Protected Disclosures, more commonly known as whistleblowing, have been in place since 2009 under the provisions of the Health Act 2004 (as amended). More recently the Protected Disclosures Act 2014 has been enacted.

Responsibility for leading the Protected Disclosures process transferred to the QAV Division in January 2016.  The contact details for the HSE Authorised Person for Protected Disclosures have been retained and are as follows:

Post: Office of the Authorised Person, PO Box 11571, Dublin 2
Tel: 071 9834651 *Office hours: 10am to 1pm & 2pm to 5pm Monday to Friday
E-mail: protected.disclosures@hse.ie

Work is underway in conjunction with relevant managers to update HSE guidance documentation and arrangements for the operation of the Protected Disclosures process. Further communication will issue in due course. Any queries you may have can be directed in confidence to the Office of the Authorised Person. Click here to read/download the Protected Disclosures of Information Form.

Legislation and Guidance (2014 Act)

The legislation and guidance in place to support the above are:

Statutory Instruments

Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (DPER): Guidance for Public Bodies on the Performance of their Functions under section 21(1) of the Protected Disclosures Act 2014

Procedure and Guidance (2004 Act)

The purpose of this procedure is to facilitate employees to make protected disclosures in good faith where they have reasonable grounds for believing that the health or welfare of patients/clients or the public may be put at risk, or where there is waste of public funds or legal obligations are not being met, so that the matter can be investigated. This procedure was devised to give effect to the legislation on Protected Disclosures of Information as provided for in the Health Act 2004 (as amended by the Health Act 2007). The legislation also provides statutory protection for health service employees from penalisation as a result of making a protected disclosure in good faith in accordance with this procedure.

Annual Report

To receive further information on Protected Disclosures and whistleblowing in the Health Service or to contact the HSE - Authorised Person please call: 071-9834651, or email protected.disclosures@hse.ie or write to, HSE - Authorised Person, PO Box 11571, Dublin 2.

Responsibility for leading the Protected Disclosures process transferred to the QAV Division in January 2016. The contact details for the HSE Authorised Person for Protected Disclosures have been retained and are as follows:

Post: Office of the Authorised Person, PO Box 11571, Dublin 2
Tel: 01 6626984 or 071 9834651 *Office hours: 10am to 1pm & 2pm to 5pm Monday to Friday
E-mail: protected.disclosures@hse.ie

Work is underway in conjunction with relevant managers to update HSE guidance documentation and arrangements for the operation of the Protected Disclosures process. Further communication will issue in due course. Any queries you may have can be directed in confidence to the Office of the Authorised Person.