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Public Sector Exit Payments (Limitation) Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 2:02 pm on 13th March 2020.

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Photo of John Spellar John Spellar Labour, Warley 2:02 pm, 13th March 2020

The hon. Gentleman is rightly drawing attention to a significant problem. Is there not another aspect to it, which is that many of these individuals, quite frankly, should not be being given any payments, because they should actually be being sacked for failure to perform their jobs? They are taking sums of money and then transferring to other parts of the public sector, where they will have a repeated pattern of failure. Is there not a need for a real change in culture inside the public sector, particularly, I regret to say, inside management levels of the national health service?