HEALTH chiefs are sticking to their guns in a row over whistleblowing in the NHS.

The British Medical Association told Worcestershire Trust boss Ruth Harrison she was wrong to write a letter to senior staff stopping them from contacting the media without her approval.

The BMA wrote and demanded the chief executive of Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust withdraw the letter, but the Trust has instead reiterated its standpoint.

"The Trust's director of human resources responded to the BMA letter on behalf of the chief executive," said a Trust spokesman.

"The letter reiterated that issues should not be raised with the media unless the Trust management has been informed and reasonable efforts have been taken to deal with any concerns.

"The Trust is now working with all the trade unions to develop a policy on whistleblowers."

After the first letter from Ms Harrison, concerned WRI staff contacted the BMA.

"These staff are not under any obligations to seek your prior approval before contacting the media directly," said a letter to the chief executive from BMA industrial relations officer, Julie Shillingford.