GAGGING clauses have been included in the packages of more than 40 staff leaving NHS jobs in Scotland – despite ministers cracking down on their use.

Eight health boards have done deals with departing staff which bind them to keep quiet since the Scottish Government announced the “presumption must be against the use of any confidentiality clauses”.

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