Good Day to Bury Bad News on the NHS Risk Register

By Tim Hardy

World’s slowest hand clap for the Information Rights Tribunal who chose Friday afternoon before the long Easter weekend to explain their decision on the NHS risk register and to rubbish Lansley’s refusal to release the information:

The public interest in understanding the risks involved in such wide-ranging reforms of the NHS in the circumstances just described would have been very high, if not exceptional, in this case.

Too bad it’s only a few weeks too late to prevent the government from railroading through the Health and Social Care bill while denying MPs the information necessary for an informed debate.

Someone’s going to get a nice reward for delaying this. Keep an eye on the next honours list. I expect it’s got to be worth a knighthood at least.


The full judgement can be viewed here courtesy of Dr Éoin Clarke who draws special attention to paragraph 85:

From the evidence it is clear that the NHS reforms were introduced in an exceptional way. There was no indication prior to the White Paper that such wide-ranging reforms were being considered. The White Paper was published without prior consultation. It was published within a very short period after the Coalition Government came into power. It was unexpected. Consultation took place afterwards over what appears to us a very short period considering the extent of the proposed reforms. The consultation hardly changed policy but dealt largely with implementation. Even more significantly the Government decided to press ahead with some of the policies even before laying a Bill before Parliament. The whole process had to be paused because of the general alarm at what was happening.

6 thoughts on “Good Day to Bury Bad News on the NHS Risk Register

  1. It’s amazing how thousands of ordinary people find the time to read and dissect what amounts to a very short report on one of the cornerstones of British life yet practically every journalist in the country finds cause to barely mention it adequately.

    Although it is a few days after the report the BBC already has a story about the use of antibiotics for treating appendicitis ahead of the register news. It is nowhere to be found on the UK or homepage sections. The BBC’s conduct over this issue has been absolutely appalling.

    I am simply at a loss to explain such head-burying behaviour from almost every segment of anyone that could vaguely be described as a democratic/societal guardian beyond Joe Public. Did I miss a memo? Is the NHS really less important than the odd fucking pasty?

    Let’s hope this scandal in the NHS takes a dramatic turn; a turn where the soon to be privatised hospitals stop stocking Caramacs in the vending machines or something. We might actually hear a fucking peep about where it all went wrong.

    • The BBC has long been little more than the light-entertainment wing of state propaganda. Commercial media, even the so-called progressive media, exists only to sell advertising space and to advance the political and direct commercial interests of its owners.

      This silence and focus on distractions is outrageous but sadly not a surprise.

  2. we have seen several attempts to divert attention, toll roads and petrol shortages being just two, no doubt in true thatcher fashion we will declare war on someone!

    • Depressingly true, Peter.

      Iran is clearly being lined up as a target and a re-run of The Falklands War / Guerra de las Malvinas is another distinct possibility.

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