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Risk register should have been published to inform public debate on a national institution, rights tribunal says

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e2639 (Published 10 April 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e2639
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

The official “risk register” spelling out the dangers from the shake up of the NHS should have been made public because it would have informed public debate amid “general alarm at what was happening,” the Information Rights Tribunal said in a judgment delivered just before Easter.

The tribunal ruled that the Department of Health for England was wrong to refuse a Freedom of Information Act request in November 2010 from John Healey, a former opposition health spokesman, for disclosure of the transition risk register for the reforms, which have since been enacted in the Health and Social Care Act.

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