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Commission will tell doctors they can raise concerns about practice even if they have signed secrecy agreements

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d8030 (Published 09 December 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d8030
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. 1London

Doctors are to be reassured that they are entitled to raise concerns about poor practice or patient care even if they have signed a compromise agreement when leaving a trust’s employment.

The news came at a one-off evidence session of the parliamentary health select committee on 7 December, as part of its inquiry into professional responsibility of healthcare practitioners.

A representative of the NHS regulator the Care Quality Commission told the committee’s MPs that the commission will send out a leaflet and “major communication” next week to explain clinicians’ rights in this area.

The select committee’s inquiry was prompted by an article in the Times newspaper last month, which claimed that clinicians were being …

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