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MPs call for Lansley to publish risk register of NHS shake up

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e1062 (Published 13 February 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e1062
  1. Clare Dyer
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Pressure is mounting on the health secretary for England, Andrew Lansley, to release the confidential strategic risk register drawn up by his department outlining the dangers posed by his controversial shake-up of the National Health Service.

Fifty MPs including nine Liberal Democrats, whose party is the minority party in the coalition government, have signed an early day motion demanding release of the register. And Labour is to hold an opposition day debate later this month calling on the health secretary to publish it.

Following Freedom of Information Act requests by the London Evening Standard newspaper and by former Labour health spokesman John Healey, Mr Lansley was ordered last November by the information commissioner, Christopher Graham, to make the document public (BMJ 2011;343, d7404, doi:10.1136/bmj.d7407). But the health secretary elected instead to appeal to the …

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