NHS spend £2m gagging staff

Tory MP Steve Barclay has called for Sir David Nicholson, chief executive of NHS England, to stand down following revelations hospitals have spent £2 million on more than 50 gagging orders preventing staff from speaking out.

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MPs slam NHS boss over gagging orders worth £2m

NHS chief Sir David Nicholson was roundly criticised by MPs today for misleading them over the extent of pay-offs to prevent "whistleblowers" speaking out about concerns over patient safety.

He is accused of not telling them that the NHS had spent more than £2 million on gagging orders for former employees since 2008 - a figure revealed by a Freedom of Information request.

Sir David angrily denied staging a cover-up when he appeared before the Commons Public Accounts Committee.

ITV News' Deputy Political Editor Chris Ship reports:

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