It’s to Jeremy Hunt’s credit that he says he wants to support whistleblowers in the NHS, and it’s high time somebody did. But yesterday’s proposals won’t make much difference, because they give whistleblowers an advocate – who’s paid by the people who run the hospital. Not good enough. It’s the bosses who are the problem. It’s the way they run things – try to cover things up, take revenge on employees who say what;s going wrong – that’s the problem. so there needs to be some kind of power that can stand up to frightened management. I’d love to think this government – or any other government we’re likely to get – was going to provide that, but don’t hold your breath.