Hunt calls on NHS to end legal gags on whistleblowers

Jeremy Hunt has called on NHS bosses to stop the use of legal gas 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.

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