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Seven day service policy lacked transparency, review concludes

BMJ 2016; 355 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i6308 (Published 23 November 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;355:i6308

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  1. Gareth Iacobucci
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The UK government must do more to “show its workings” when presenting the case for new policies such as seven day services in the NHS, says a major new review of government transparency.

The review, the first assessment of transparency across UK government, identified wide variation across and within departments that made it difficult for the public and researchers to scrutinise policy proposals.1

The charity Sense about Science, which produced the report with the Institute for Government and the Alliance for Useful Evidence, said that government departments seem often to have assembled an …

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