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  • You must raise concerns about patient care and safety, including any practitioner’s fitness to practise.
  • Raising a concern is also known as whistleblowing.
  • In some circumstances you are protected in law when you raise a concern.
  • You should act quickly.
  • You should keep a record of any concerns.
  • You must protect patient confidentiality.
  • You should record adverse incidents centrally, for example in your practice’s system or in the practice Accident Book.
  • Using your practice systems, you should ensure that near misses involving NHS-funded patients are appropriately reported to the relevant body for each nation .
This Guidance does not change what you must do under the law.