§ 20. Mr. Fatchett
To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will introduce a code of practice designed to protect the position of those NHS employees who draw attention to malpractice and fraud; and if she will make a statement.
§ Mr. Sackville
It is important that all NHS staff should express professional concerns about health service issues to their managers. Employing authorities need to acknowledge this duty, but they must also retain the right to take action in cases of improper disclosure of confidential material, such as personal patient information. Staff aggrieved by any disciplinary action taken by their employer have recourse to established grievances procedures.