Now a gag on doctors and nurses: Hundreds being prevented from exposing poor care in hospitals by 'Stalinist' rules
Hundreds of doctors, nurses and NHS managers are being prevented from exposing poor care by ‘Stalinist’ gagging orders.
A leading surgeon said the case of Gary Walker, who broke his silence to tell the Mail about high death rates, was just the tip of the iceberg.
Mike Parker said the secret deals to keep former staff quiet were a ‘threat to the survival of the Health Service’.
Freedom of Information requests show that 90 per cent of severance agreements between health trusts and doctors have gagging clauses. They stop frontline staff revealing their concerns about patient safety and hospital standards. Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt says he will write to all health trusts, urging them to drop the clauses or face ‘the consequences’ if they don’t.
But the row has placed question marks over the future of the most powerful man in the NHS, Sir David Nicholson, who has clung to his job despite presiding over the Mid Staffordshire hospital disaster that cost the lives of 1,200 patients.
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