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Volume 405: debated on Tuesday 13 May 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the Answer of 6 May, ref 106425, on Mr. Mark Heyes, what steps he has taken in response to the Prime Minister's letter of October 2002 concerning Mr. Heyes; and if he will make a statement on the application of the Department of Health's whistle-blowing policy to Mr. Heyes. [112487]

[holding answer 12 May 2003]: I refer my hon. Friend to the reply I gave him on 6 May 2003, Official Report, column 661W. If Mr. Mark Heyes could send me a copy of correspondence dated 23 October, I will ensure that he receives a reply.The Department is satisfied that its policy on whistle-blowing in the national health service has been applied appropriately by the Southport and Ormskirk Hospitals NHS Trust.