Falling foul of gagging clauses

BMJ British medical journal (Impact Factor: 17.45). 10/2009; 339(oct27 1):b4203. DOI: 10.1136/bmj.b4203
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Gagging clauses can also work in favour of doctors who leave trusts “under a cloud,” making it difficult for future employers to find out what went wrong and leaving them free to repeat their behaviour. These legal restrictions make it difficult to raise concerns about a doctor’s competence. The BMJ has uncovered a case of one consultant currently working as a locum who has left two trusts with gagging clauses concealing the reasons for the departures. Jane Cassidy hears how a concerned medical colleague who tried to report the consultant to the General Medical Council got into trouble for breaching the gagging clause

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