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Government wins vote to keep risk assessment of NHS reforms private

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e1388 (Published 24 February 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e1388
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. 1London

The government has narrowly defeated a vote in parliament that, if passed, would have raised pressure on it to publish a risk assessment of the impact of the NHS reforms.

After a fiery six hour debate in the House of Commons on 22 February, 246 MPs voted for and 299 against a motion put forward by the Labour Party that called on the government to publish the risk register associated with the Health and Social Care Bill.

The document is a “transition risk register” that relates specifically to the health bill reorganisation and was first drawn up in 2010, but has been reviewed and updated.

To date, the government has resisted a freedom of information ruling in November of last year by the information commissioner that it should publish the document.

The ruling said there …

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