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Henrietta Hughes: Enabling doctors to speak out

BMJ 2016; 355 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i5943 (Published 09 November 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;355:i5943

Biography

Henrietta Hughes is the newly appointed national guardian of the NHS, with a remit to ensure the right of all NHS staff to speak up without fear of reprisal. The post was established as a result of the Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust public inquiry, in which Robert Francis recommended appointing a national guardian to lead a network of “freedom to speak up” guardians in all NHS and foundation trusts. Hughes devotes four days a week to the job and spends her fifth working as a GP in north London. She was previously a medical director for the North Central and East London region of NHS England.

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