Former NHS service manager Gary Walker spoke out to the BBC claiming he was gagged by the NHS from raising concerns about patient safety. He explained that he felt pressured in to signing a "super gag" agreement because he was afraid of losing his house. It was revealed on the Today programme that this gagging order was also extended to his family.
Loz Kaye commented on the situation:
"It is utterly unacceptable that Gary Walker felt forced in to signing away his right to speak up for patients. We should be encouraging people to speak their mind, not ignoring problems. There is no place for 'super-gags' in the NHS, or in any part of our public life."
"It is even more worrying that Mr Walker has claimed that there are dozens more who are also gagged. The Stafford hospital scandal shows that speaking out is not just a matter of conscience, it is a matter of saving lives."
"Stephen Dorrell MP has said that there is a "requirement to change the culture within the health service." However more is needed than a culture change. There must be a clear commitment to support the right to blow the whistle. This is Pirate Party policy- and a policy that is there to protect patients. Jeremy Hunt must now act to stop any further abuses."