Friday, February 22, 2013

NHS spends £15million (the same as 750 nurses' salaries) on gagging 600 whistleblowers

The NHS spent £15million in three years on gagging whistleblowers, the Mail can reveal today.

The shocking figures pile the pressure on NHS chief executive Sir David Nicholson, who has clung to his £270,000 role despite presiding over the Mid Staffordshire hospital scandal that cost the lives of 1,200 patients.

In just three years there were 598 ‘special severance payments’, almost all of which carried draconian confidentiality clauses aimed at silencing whistleblowers.

They cost the taxpayer £14.7million, the equivalent of almost 750 nurses’ salaries.