Health Minister Norman Lamb has told ITV Daybreak that he was "horrified" by the revelation that the NHS spent £2 million on more than 50 gagging orders.
Tory MP Steve Barclay has today called for Sir David Nicholson, chief executive of NHS England, to stand down following the news.
Mr Lamb said: "[Sir David Nicholson] should be accountable for what he said. People have to answerable for their actions."
"I had a sense that it happens too much, but it shouldn't happen at all. It's scandalous."
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