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Hunt calls on NHS to end legal gags on whistleblowers

Jeremy Hunt has called on NHS bosses to stop the use of legal gags on whistleblowers. Credit: PA

Jeremy Hunt called on NHS bosses to end the use of legal gags on whistleblowers today.

In a letter to the chairmen of every Trust, the Health Secretary warned against a culture in some quarters of "institutional self defence that prevents honest acknowledgement of failure".

He said that in order to avoid a repeat of the Mid-Staffordshire scandal it was vital to "recognise and celebrate staff" who had the "courage and professional integrity" to speak out over safety concerns.