Story: Ombudsmen and officers of Parliament

Neil Pugmire returns to work

Neil Pugmire is interviewed the day he returned to work, after being reinstated in his job as a psychiatric nurse at Lake Alice Hospital by the Employment Court. In 1994 he was fired after going public with complaints that dangerous patients were being released into the community. The Protected Disclosures Act 2000 guarded people making such public allegations in good faith from legal liability.

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David McGee, 'Ombudsmen and officers of Parliament - Ombudsmen – whistleblowing', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 27 October 2021)

Story by David McGee, published 20 Jun 2012, updated 20 Jan 2017