Nolan sets conduct code for NHS quangos

BMJ 1995; 310 doi: (Published 20 May 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:1283

The Nolan committee, set up to root out “sleaze” in British politics and public life, directs 22 of its 55 recommendations at NHS trust boards and other quangos. Although overshadowed by proposed curbs on the activities of MPs and ministers, Lord Nolan's report gives equal weight to public concerns about quangos and NHS bodies.

It calls for more openness in appointments to NHS trusts and health authorities, declarations of members' political affiliations, and the ungagging of whistleblowers. It also suggests that the government should consider surcharging members of NHS boards for default, in the same way …

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