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Health secretary Andrew Lansley claimed that he believed in a government that provides 'greater transparency' but is not willing to release the risk register claiming that it is essential to retain 'a safe space where officials are able to give ministers full and frank advice in developing policies.'
The last time a government overruled an FOI ruling to release information was when the Labour government refused to release information about the invasion of Iraq - and we all know how that ended!
Whatever your thoughts on the NHS reforms, the government's suprression of information about the risks of the drastic changes being made to the health service reveals various things.
It strikes me that the most obvious one is that such a risk register will expose the reforms has high-risk, a detriment to patient care and provision of free at the point of care healthcare. Another theory is that there never was a risk register or that Lansley didn't draw up a comprehensive assessment of the risks.
Whatsmore, this decision makes the coalition's claims that they are a transparent government seem like hyperbole. Their argument seems to be if you release the risks of implementing a policy, then policies and decisions would never be made. But this episode seems to say that the public should trust ministers to openly share the risks and not go ahead with something which would jeapordise the future of our health service. However, I can't help but think that political ideology obstructs this transparency.