NHS whistleblowers risk being ousted and subsequently persecuted because IT systems and policies at NHS trusts fail to protect their identities after they raise concerns.
There is tribunal-tested evidence of whistleblowers who have been persecuted in NHS trusts. Unless anonymity can be guaranteed, there will be a reluctance by many to come forward with concerns, which can sometimes be a matter of life and death.
The NHS has an internal policy to protect staff who have concerns, known as NHS Freedom to Speak Up (FTSU), which was introduced 2016. But whistleblower identities are often stored in Word and Excel files