Jeremy Hunt was obliged to express unconvincing surprise when the culture of "gagging orders" in the NHS was disclosed.
This followed the horrifying revelation that 1,200 patients needlessly died at Mid Staffs trust between 2005 and 2009, (currently being investigated by the police.) Hunt reacted to these events by announcing that whistle-blowers would be obliged to disclose matters of public concern.
I wrote to Jeremy Hunt in February (Dear Jeremy) and asked him to be true to his word and allow whistle-blowers that have been gagged by Compromise Agreements to come forward.
In due course Sir David Nicholson, the embattled chief executive of the NHS, who was under scrutiny by the Public Accounts Committee, duly announced that gagged NHS whistle-blowers would be allowed to speak out, if not obliged to do so.
Further evidence, swept beneath the NHS carpet, is therefore most likely to reveal a great deal more about corrupt practices in NHS Trust management.
Hunt did after all attempt to remove the NHS tribute from the Olympic opening celebration, so Hunt may not be as supportive of the NHS as he pretends to be.
The ungagging of NHS whistle-blowers may suit Mr Hunt’s NHS agenda, but what about the other sectors of the Public Services? Why not go further and check out the Tory flagship enterprise of Free Schools. Academies have been very busy spending bucket loads of public money gagging teachers who have something to say about school management practices.
This would help educate Mr Gove who is not taken seriously by teaching professionals.
Hitherto our government and even Vince Cable has had a default position of defending employers, including NHS Trusts and the New Academies, from inconvenient employment law that does not allow the expedient hiring and firing of would be troublesome employees, including teachers, doctors, and nurses that might care to blow a whistle if the manager or employer has not acted appropriately.
The current remedy for dealing with whistle-blowers in the public sector is to pay them off with a sum of money provided by the taxpayer. This is established routine strategy on an industrial scale. There should be no surprise expressed by Mr Hunt or Mr Cable unless they only care to listen to employers and managers, and ignore the view of any employee that has been gagged.
Our lawmakers have reacted to a catastrophe in Mid Staffs where patients died as a direct result of the failure of Employment Law that failed to protect whistle-blowers.
And the whistle blower is usually the loser in these matters.
Currently if an employee blows a whistle they can be fired, and paid off with sums significantly in excess of what an Employment Tribunal would award, but only if they agree to be gagged, and/or compromised.
This suits the employee because by this stage they would have lost their jobs anyway, and would need the cash.
This suits the legal profession who make huge profits for a much easier job.
This also suits the managers because they keep their jobs, their mistakes are covered up, and they lose not a penny because the cash is provided by the tax payer.
The only real losers are the whistle-blowers, the NHS patients who have resources directed away from their medical care and the school kids who have less provision for their education.
It could all get very interesting if all whistle-blowers have their gags removed in the public interest.
Pigs might fly.