Majorities of all parties say NHS staff should be able to publicly speak out about problems with services – and a slim majority of the public do not trust the NHS to be open and honest about services and standards of care
Yesterday the outgoing chief executive of the NHS, Sir David Nicholson, stood before the Public Accounts Committee to explain his failure to declare payoffs to the sum of £2 million for staff leaving the NHS, which the Committee suspects were used as ‘gagging orders’ to silence staff wanting to speak out about problems with NHS services. Mr Nicholson denies any cover up, and claims the responsibility for declaring secret payoffs to the Treasury had passed to the Department of Health on the day he took up his post.
Today new YouGov research reveals that slightly more than half (51%) of British adults do not trust the NHS to be open and honest about its services and standards of care. That is compared to 41% who do trust the health servi