§ Mr. Roger Evans
To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will make a statement about her plans to publish new advice to staff in the national health service about relations with the public and the media.
§ Mrs. Virginia Bottomley
Sir Duncan Nichol has now issued new advice, "Guidance for staff on relations with the public and the media", under cover of executive letter (93)51. The guidance has been issued to national health service employers, including regional, district and family health services authorities and national health service trusts. The guidance provides a framework within which local procedures can and should be developed to enable staff to raise legitimate concerns about health care issues in a responsible way. Copies of the executive letter and accompanying guidance have been placed in the Library.