It’s been reported that the NHS pay millions to keep people quiet about acts of medical negligence in their practices.
The act of ‘gagging’ is used routinely to prevent dangerous and dishonest practices becoming public and getting into the media – all to prevent the hospital getting a bad reputation.
Millions of pounds of taxpayers’ money reportedly goes on silencing whistleblowers – which in turn could be endangering the safety and lives of patients using the NHS.
Whistleblowers are protected under the 1998 Public Disclosure Act. The introduction of the Act made it illegal to prevent information through contractual clauses that would be considered in the name of public interest coming to light.
However, many whistleblowers are becoming subject to intimidation and high-pressure to not make cases of medical negligence public.
Apparently, up to two-thirds of medical staff including doctors and nurses accept non-disclosure clauses to avoid potential suspension, financial ruin, incriminations and distress.
These clauses are seen as binding in the eyes of the law and therefore whistleblower cases are often thrown out. Many suggest that this leaves patients open to poor medical practices – including those who have already received treatment through the medical system.
If you have experienced medical negligence or bad practice within an NHS hospital or doctors, contact us on 08000 93 33 93 and we may be able to get you the compensation you are entitled to.