Jeremy Hunt Warns NHS Health Trusts Over Gagging Orders (BBC Health News)


Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has found it necessary to write to all English NHS Trusts to remind them that the use gagging clauses and pay-offs to stop staff raising concerns over care quality would be contrary to the duty of candour and the culture of openness expected in the new NHS.

He asserts that a culture of openness will be vital if the NHS is to avoid further mistakes of the kind encountered at Stafford Hospital and more generally.

Read more: BBC News: Jeremy Hunt warns NHS health trusts over gagging orders.


Jeremy Hunt warns NHS health trusts over gagging orders. London: BBC Health News, February 16th 2013.

“His letter is on the back of Robert Francis’s report into failings at Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust, and recent media coverage about staff being able to raise concerns about patient safety”.

Read more: Ensuring an open NHS culture. Department of Health.


Department of Health (2013). Ensuring an open NHS culture. London: Department of Health, February 20th 2013.

[A brief reference to this item features in Dementia and Elderly Care: the Latest Evidence Newsletter (RWNHST), Volume 3 Issue 7, May 2013].

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