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Tory Health Secretary Matt Hancock has said NHS non-disclosure agreements – so-called ‘gagging orders’ preventing whistle-blowers from speaking up – are to be ended.

He says his government is on the side of the whistle-blowers, which seems odd, considering his government was the organisation that imposed the obligation of silence in the first place.

The health secretary has vowed to end the use of non-disclosure agreements that prevent would-be NHS whistleblowers speaking out.

Matt Hancock said he wants more people to feel they can “put their head above the parapet”, and described settlement agreements that infringe on people’s rights to voice concerns as “completely inappropriate”.

Perhaps this is simply a rule that has outlived its usefulness and the Tories don’t need it any more?

Source: NHS non-disclosure agreements to end, vows Matt Hancock | Society | The Guardian


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