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Letters The price of silence

Liverpool chairman responds

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: (Published 13 January 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c144

Unanswered questions

In an earlier letter about events at the Liverpool Women's NHS
Foundation I raised concerns about reports that the Liverpool Women's NHS
Foundation was seeking to prevent staff from raising concerns with MPs as
this would be contempt of parliament. In the letter accompanying this one
Andrew Bousfield repeats this allegation yet I am struck by how Mr Morris,
the chair of the Trust, has failed to respond to it, saying only that
staff could speak to NHS regulatory bodies. This is emphatically not the
same. There is now a strong argument that the parliamentary authorities
should launch an investigation into this affair, which has profound
constitutional implications. It seems unfortunate that Mr Morris has
wasted the opportunity to address this issue in his response which, in its
use of pejorative language and unsubstantiated assertions, clearly does
not contribute to the "mature debate" he claims to seek.

Competing interests:
None declared

Competing interests: No competing interests

15 January 2010
Martin McKee
Professor of European Public Health
LSHTM, London WC1E 7HT