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Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 5:16 pm on 3rd July 2019.

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Photo of Jim Cunningham Jim Cunningham Labour, Coventry South 5:16 pm, 3rd July 2019

I apologise for being a bit late for the start of the hon. Gentleman’s speech. Members who have been in this place for a long time will remember the case that I had of a consultant called Mattu. He was a whistleblower and he was suspended. He was never really employed again by the NHS and the case cost—you could take a guess at the figure—something like £3 million. It ended up in the courts, where they tried to use my letter against that individual. So on the one hand we encourage whistleblowers, but we do nothing to protect them and sometimes we try to destroy their reputation.