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14
Mar

Hunt bans NHS gagging clauses


Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt says the NHS must bring an end to the era of gagging staff from raising their real worries about patient care, the BBC reports.

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt says the NHS must bring an end to the era of gagging staff from raising their real worries about patient care, the BBC reports.

This follows an announcement by the government that gagging clauses in severance agreements for NHS staff in England and Wales are banned with immediate effect. The use of the clauses is thought to have been widespread.

Hunt said a culture had been cultivated where “people felt if you speak up about problems in the NHS you didn't love the NHS. Actually it's exactly the opposite".

He added that too often hospitals seem to think that patient care is “something you do when you have done everything else”.

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