Published: 30/01/2003, Volume II3, No. 5840 Page 8

The Conservative Party is launching a website for NHS whistleblowers called Freedom from Fear, which it says will encourage doctors and managers to reveal more detail about blunders and inefficiencies than they would via phone or email.Conservative health spokesman Dr Liam Fox said: 'There is a climate of fear and intimidation in many parts of the health service, where professionals and management fear if they speak up on behalf of their patients and what they believe is inappropriate or inadequate treatment for them, then the full weight of the Department of Health will come down on them.'

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