Eileen Chubb

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Eileen Chubb (born 1959) is a British former care assistant who became a whistleblower and then a campaigner. She has shown a particular interest in the care home sector. She has campaigned for new legislation to replace the Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998 to improve whistleblowing rights in the United Kingdom.


Chubb left school aged sixteen and worked as a manager at a bakery chain.[1] In her forties, she took a career change to begin working as a carer. In 1999, after working as a care worker for three years in Isard House care home run by BUPA in Bromley, she was one of seven who were forced to quit after reporting suspected abuse of elderly residents.[2][3]


Chubb has been critical of the ability of the Care Quality Commission to effectively inspect care homes.[4] As a member of the public, she has visited over 300 care homes in the UK undercover.[5] Chubb has alleged that the CQC disclosed the identity of 47 Whistle-blowers to their employers.[6]

In 2001 she founded Compassion in Care.[7] It was set up as a charity with herself as director in 2003.[8]

In 2008 she released the book Beyond the Facade which described her experiences.

From 2012 to 2013 she was charity director at Whistleblowers UK.[8]

In 2014 she co-founded The Whistler, a fellowship alliance between Compassion in Care and the Centre for Investigative Journalism (CIJ).[9]

In February 2015, she gave an initial response to the Freedom to Speak Up Review report into NHS whistleblowing, produced by Sir Robert Francis, describing it as "a complete betrayal of whistleblowers”.[10]


Chubb's has petitioned for her view of legislation changes, naming these Edna's Law, in honour of a care home resident Edna who died after cruel abuse:[11]

  • Criminal offence not to act on the genuine concerns of a whistleblower
  • Deterrent because of strong case law precedents.
  • Whistleblower would be protected witness.
  • Compensate for loss of trust and loss of employment.
  • Criminal offence to harm a genuine whistleblower.
  • Wrongdoing is public and is acted on.
  • State would prosecute and uphold the public interest.
  • Bad companies held to account which results in culture change.
  • Put victims of silence first and protect protectors.

Whistleblowing reports by Chubb

  • Breaking the Silence - Part One - Evidence from 1500 Whistleblowers
  • Breaking the Silence - Part Two - The Forgotten Victims of PIDAs failures
  • Breaking the Silence - Part Three - Health Hazards

See also


  1. ^ Smith, Andrew (22 November 2014). "'There were hundreds of us crying out for help': the afterlife of the whistleblower". The Guardian. Retrieved 9 January 2016.
  2. ^ "Whistleblowers forced to quit". The Guardian. London. 14 July 2000. Retrieved 16 March 2015.
  3. ^ Hoyos, Carola (14 September 2012). "The whistleblowers club". FT Magazine. London. Retrieved 16 March 2015.
  4. ^ Bentley, Paul; Wilkinson, Ben (30 January 2015). "Families of elderly care home residents who died in panic evacuations on freezing cold night criticise health watchdog for rushed closures". Daily Mail. London. Retrieved 16 March 2015.
  5. ^ "Chronic neglect' at Stoke care homes". BBC News. 7 February 2012. Retrieved 16 March 2015.
  6. ^ http://www.compassionincare.com/node/328
  7. ^ Davies, Barbara (25 July 2011). "A very humble crusader: One woman's journey into the dark heart of Britain's care system". Daily Mail. London. Retrieved 16 March 2015.
  8. ^ a b Company check
  9. ^ The Whistler website
  10. ^ "Eileen Chubb – Compassion in Care gives an initial response to Robert Francis QC review of whistle-blowing. "It is a complete betrayal of whistle-blowers"". Strength in Numbers. 13 February 2015. Retrieved 16 March 2015.
  11. ^ "Petitioning Sir Robert Francis: Call for Edna's Law and a public inquiry into whistleblowing". The Whistler. 7 October 2014. Archived from the original on 2 April 2015. Retrieved 16 March 2015.

External links

  • Compassion in Care website
  • Eileen Chubb YouTube channel
  • Eileen Chubb Twitter account
  • 26 Feb 2014 RT Chubb founder and Director of Compassion in Care interviewed by RT's Afshin Rattansi
  • 11 Feb 2015 BBC News 24 interview with Eileen Chubb
  • The Times M Bowers and J Sherman 6 Aug 2011 The care worker who complained: ‘My life was made a living hell’
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