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Lansley must publish register of risks posed by NHS changes, rules tribunal

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: (Published 12 March 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e1803
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

The UK government must make public the transition risk register drawn up by officials outlining the dangers posed by changes to the NHS in England in its health bill, the Information Rights Tribunal has ruled.

The tribunal has dismissed the Department of Health’s appeal against a decision by the information commissioner that it must release the register after a Freedom of Information Act request by the Labour MP and former shadow health secretary John Healey.

But the tribunal allowed part of the health department’s appeal, ruling that it can keep secret its strategic risk register—the assessment of the risks from modernisation of the NHS, not just those from the Health and Social Care Bill, which will bring in the changes. The information …

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