NHS: Directors

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 23rd October 2019.

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Photo of Luke Pollard Luke Pollard Shadow Minister (Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) (Fisheries, Flooding and Water)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he plans to undertake a review the exclusion of NHS non-executive directors in protections under the Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998.

Photo of Nadine Dorries Nadine Dorries The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

The Government has no plans for a review of any exclusions in protections afforded by the Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998.

The Government supports the right of staff working in the National Health Service to raise concerns and expects all NHS organisations to support staff that wish to do so. We expect all NHS organisations to have in place whistleblowing policies, which are consistent with the protections afforded by the Employment Rights Act 1996, as amended by the Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998, and which follow best practice.

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