Doctors are being told they can no longer sign contracts that contain gagging orders, in new guidance issued by the medical regulator.
The General Medical Council advice states medics should not enter contracts or deals that seek to stop them raising concerns about poor care.
The guidance also makes clear that doctors have a duty to act if they believe care is being compromised.
It is the latest in a series of attempts to encourage whistle-blowing.
Evidence has been emerging in recent years of trusts restricting the ability of staff to raise the alarm about bad practices.
Thursday, January 26, 2012
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