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Information commissioner condemns health secretary for failing to publish risk register

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: (Published 16 May 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e3480
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

The UK government’s decision to use a ministerial veto to suppress an official document outlining the risks of controversial NHS reforms, despite orders to disclose it under the Freedom of Information Act, has been strongly criticised by the information commissioner.

In a report to parliament the commissioner, Christopher Graham, said that the ministerial veto could be used to block orders to release papers under the Freedom of Information Act only in truly exceptional cases, and the transition risk register for the Health and Social Care Act was not in that category.

Andrew Lansley, the health secretary for England, used the veto this month after the commissioner …

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