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Freedom of Speech and Public Sector Employment: The Civil Service, Local Government, and The NHS

Lucy Vickers

in Freedom of Speech and Employment

Published in print July 2002 | ISBN: 9780198268307
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191683497 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198268307.003.0006

Series: Oxford Monographs on Labour Law

Freedom of Speech and Public Sector Employment: The Civil Service, Local Government, and The NHS

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This chapter considers some of the specific restrictions on the right to free speech found in the public sector areas of the civil service, local government and the National Health Service. In particular, it looks at the position of staff in the NHS in relation to freedom of speech. The NHS is the largest employer in the country, and as the provider of health care for the vast majority of the population, it has special political significance. The NHS was one of the first areas to be highlighted by the Nolan Committee as needing to introduce whistleblowing procedures for employees and it serves as a good illustration both of the difficulties in balancing the competing rights at play in freedom of speech cases, and of the development of increased recognition of the value that free speech can have in improving the public service.

Keywords: NHS; public sector; civil service; local government; free speech; freedom of speech

Chapter.  16655 words. 

Subjects: Company and Commercial Law

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