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Sunday, March 15, 2009

UK Whistleblowers Protected, It Seems?

Interesting thread over at Gianna Kali's Beyond Meds blog.

Gianna writes:

"This is old news but still quite relevant and disturbing. From the Henry Kaiser Family Foundation."

She then pastes a snippet from the aforementioned site and adds, "There is clearly simply mind-blowing amounts of illegal activities going on in pharma and medicine. So much that employees can’t stand it anymore."

What is fascinating about this particular post of Gianna's is the comment section. I'll cut and paste for you here. It's certainly food for thought.


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GSK better watch its back for whistleblowers… To cut costs, the Corporation is throwing 10,000 employees on the streets.. They are rightly going to be very angry and very disgruntled employees. And, worse still, they know exactly where their bosses in the boardroom have buried the bodies, so to speak…

So… to all soon-to-be-sacked GSK staff: it’s time to spill the beans! Go on! You know you’ve always want to! Well soon you can, without any risk of censure.. In fact, the law today in England & Wales prohibits discrimination against corporate whistleblowers…. So the time is ripe to sing like canaries!

And as an added bonus (if a whistleblower should ever need one) there is now a criminal offence of Corporate Manslaughter on the British statute books.

The Courts can jail a company executive for life..where it is shown he has killed people through malfeasance or criminal negligence. And let’s be frank,, is there a single executive in Big Pharma who hasn’t killed people in that way?

Corporate Manslaughter should be an easy crime to prove of Big Pharma executives. Those rogues are gangsters. If they weren’t running the prescription drug industry, they would be running guns and narcotics around the globe.. In fact, that’s exactly what some of them have been doing at Eli Lilly…

Let’s hope the Courts have the stomach to pack the prison cells to bursting point with these monsters..

The worm is turning….

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Maybe something good did come out of Tony Blair’s government, after all?!

The Act is here.. The date of the Act commencement was 6 April 2008, so it’s live today..

To date, no successful prosecutions under the Act, SFAIK.. Plenty of time yet, though..

Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007

An Act to create a new offence that, in England and Wales or Northern Ireland, is to be called corporate manslaughter and, in Scotland, is to be called corporate homicide; and to make provision in connection with that offence. [26th July 2007]
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The offence

An organisation to which this section applies is guilty of an offence if the way in which its activities are managed or organised— causes a person’s death, and, amounts to a gross breach of a relevant duty of care owed by the organisation to the deceased…

An organisation is guilty of an offence under this section only if the way in which its activities are managed or organised by its senior management is a substantial element in the breach..

I think the executives of a company must get prosecuted separately through another Act or under the common law….


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Here is a bit of background on the whistleblowers’ protection under the Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998.

For those about to be sacked by GSK, whistleblowing might be the best option. You could clean up GSK as well as gouge the company at an employment tribunal if GSK tries to punish you…

There is a charity called “
Public Concern at Work” that has resident experts who can find the best way to do it..

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Full article at Beyond Meds


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