Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has ruled that “gagging clauses” in severance agreements for NHS staff in England are banned by the government with immediate effect.
NHS ‘gagging clauses’ banned by health secretary. London: BBC Health News, March 14th 2013.
[A brief reference to the above item features in Dementia and Elderly Care: the Latest Evidence Newsletter (RWNHST), Volume 3 Issue 7, May 2013].
Confidentiality Clauses and Special Severance Payments (NAO)
The following National Audit Office (NAO) report suggests that a lack of transparency, consistency and accountability persists in the use of compromise agreements in the public sector.
Confidentiality clauses and special severance payments. London: National Audit Office (NAO), June 2013.
There is also an Executive Summary.
Confidentiality Clauses and Severance Payments (House of Commons Committee of Public Accounts)
The following report warned that gagging clauses might be used to stop whistleblowers speaking out about patient care and safety. It raised concerns about the use of compromise agreements and special severance payments in the public sector.
House of Commons Committee of Public Accounts. (2014). Confidentiality Clauses and Special Severance Payments. Thirty-sixth Report of Session 2013–14. HC 477. London: The Stationery Office Limited, January 2014.