We have had the bank scandal and the newspapers being hauled before a judge for the inquiry but it seems there are some scandals which go un reported or perhaps are silenced by huge amounts of public money by some institutions.
The NHS for instant.And
This morning there was a report on R4 which left me totally lost for words.
then I delved further into it, the “Private Eye”s columnist Phill Hammond (Dr) has written about it ,but it is the first time the mainstream media has made headlines of it.
It seems a Lincolnshire hosptial trust has paid £ 500,000 to a manager to buy his silence. This “super gag” was imposed on him after he has been dismissed for “using swear words in meeting”.
Call me naive but the public would not have been damaged has he repeated those “swear words” ,so why pay him such sums of public money to stay silent?
The “gag” means he can not even talk about the gag. The doctor who raised concerns about the care of baby “P” was also offered a lot of money to keep quite,which she declined. But had they listened to her in the first place that child might not have died.
We are told that many health trusts are going bankrupt, there are curbs on their spending,staffing levels and what drugs they can buy, there are authorities like NICE and others which approve the drugs ,but alas there is no authority which tells the trusts that they can pay huge sums to buy silence of their employees,if they have concerns about patient care.
To me this is a huge scandal, how can trusts pay such sums and why? Is there no scrutiny ? I think it is a huge injustice. Am sure the department of health or the policy makers give a nod to such payments I can not imagine that trusts are allowed to do this unchecked.
Why? We should be told.