NHS to Make Whistleblowing Easier for Staff

By Gary Cutlack on at

The NHS is to end the practise of asking staff to sign non-disclosure agreements, or NDAs, documents which bind them to secrecy over what they've seen. It's to encourage and protect whistleblowers within the health service, as such speaker-outers are seen as a vital cog in the enormous NHS machine.

This is the idea of health secretary avatar Matt Hancock, who's out to end the habit of putting "settlement agreements" in place when staff voice grievances and leave the NHS, documents which may include a pay-off that requires the signing of an NDA to prohibit departing staff from talking about what's been irritating them.

Hancock said: "Whistleblowers perform a vital and courageous service for the NHS and I want more people to feel they can put their head above the parapet. But they must have a safe, open culture to do this in order to achieve the ambitions set out in the long-term plan and make the NHS the safest healthcare system in the world." [Guardian]