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MPs criticise 'outrageous' gagging orders

A group of MPs hit out at "outrageous" examples of public sector bodies using gagging orders to hush up their employees about dangerous problems. The Public Accounts Committee criticised special severance payments approved by the Treasury.

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High profile cases with alleged gagging orders

The Public Accounts Committee raised concerns over a number of high profile cases where chief executives were either paid amid a scandal or prevented from speaking out further.

  • Former Morecambe Bay NHS Trust chief executive Tony Halsall was paid £225,000 when he stood down amid concerns over a string of baby deaths.
  • Gary Walker, the head of Lincolnshire hospital, was gagged after he raised concerns about standards.
  • £120,000 offered to buy the silence of an NHS whistle-blower in the case of the death of Baby P.

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