Health

NHS Whistle-blowers: 'We must protect patients"

Monday, 18 February, 2013 - 16:00

Former NHS service manager Gary Walker spoke out to the BBC claiming he was gagged by the NHS from raising concerns about patient safety. He explained that he felt pressured in to signing a "super gag" agreement because he was afraid of losing his house. It was revealed on the Today programme that this gagging order was also extended to his family.

Loz Kaye commented on the situation:

The Skeptical Voter

Loz Kaye's picture

Questions – Skeptical Voter

Loz Kaye – Pirate Party Candidate Manchester Central by-election

Skeptical Voter puts focus on candidates' attitudes to evidence-based policymaking.  Here are my responses to their candidate survey.  By way of introduction, I would like to point out that acting on the basis of evidence is one of the core principles of our entire policy platform as endorsed by the party membership this year.

ACTA - Making a Difference

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As some of you may be aware, the latest draft of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) has been leaked (via Knowledge Ecology International) and, as with the previous leaks, it is somewhat disappointing and distressing.

ACTA has many problems that make it a serious issue for all citizens, not just the Pirate movement. Firstly, and most importantly, it's being negotiated in almost total secrecy; despite the fact that provisions we have seen in leaked drafts would affect the way nearly everybody shares information on the Internet and otherwise, only a small number of non-governmental "stakeholders" have been invited to comment on the proposed measures, and even elected officials such as MPs and MEPs are being kept almost entirely in the dark during the negotiations. Beyond the legislation-laundering manner in which ACTA is being drawn up, the best way to describe the treaty's effect is as the worst parts of the Digital Economy Act, Digital Millennium Copyright Act and other far-reaching anti-piracy legislation, which goes even further down the same draconian road towards destruction of the Internet as we know it.

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