Petition Medical and Healthcare workers have the right to express themselves in any way they wish provided patient confidentiality is not compromised.
The new GMC guidance on social media places draconian restrictions on the use of social media by doctors. Similar rules are laid out by the NMC. We feel that doctors, nurses and other health professionals should have the right to express themselves as they see fit in any medium provided patient confidentiality is never breached or in any way compromised. We feel that this kind of freedom of speech is what the health service needs at a time of unprecedented financial and logistical challenges, particularly in light of recent failures and the gagging of staff.
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It was submitted during the 2010–2015 Conservative – Liberal Democrat coalition government