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PE01495: The use of 'gagging clauses' in agreements with NHS staff in Scotland

Health

Petitioner: Rab Wilson on behalf of Accountability Scotland

Status:
Closed

Date Lodged: 02 October 2013

Calling on the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Government to ban the use of confidentiality, or so called ‘gagging’, clauses in compromise agreements with NHS staff in Scotland, which may prevent staff speaking freely about matters that affect patient safety and quality of care, as well as employment issues such as workplace bullying.

Petition History:

Summary:

26 November 2013: The Committee took evidence from Rab Wilson. The Committee agreed to write to the Scottish Government, Public Concern at Work, NHS boards, the Scottish Health Council, UNISON, the General Medical Council Scotland, the Royal College of Nursing Scotland, the British Medical Association Scotland, the UK Government and Audit Scotland. Link to Official Report 26 November 2013 (515KB pdf)

18 February 2014: The Committee agreed to write to the Scottish Government and to those organisations still to respond to the Committee's initial request for views. Link to Official Report 18 February 2014 (463KB pdf)

6 May 2014: The Committee agreed to defer consideration of the petition to a future meeting. Link to Official Report 6 May 2014 (434KB pdf)

28 October 2014: The Committee agreed to defer further consideration of the petition until after March 2015 and request that the Committee is copied into the Scottish Government’s report to the Public Audit Committee. Link to Official Report 28 October 2014

10 November 2015: The Committee agreed to defer consideration of the petition until the Public Audit Committee has considered its response to the Scottish Government’s report on the use of settlement agreements April 2014 – March 2015. Link to Official Report 10 November 2015

1 March 2016: The Committee agreed to close the petition, under Rule 15.7, on the basis that the most recent annual report has been considered by the Public Audit Committee and the Scottish Government will be reporting annually to the Parliament on the use of settlement agreements in future. Link to Official Report 1 March 2016   

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