Court rules that Tory NHS Bill was a violation of 2010 Manifesto

“Below is the full judgement of the Information Tribunal into the Lansley’s appeal of the Information Commissioner’s November order to publish the NHS Risk Register after Labour MP & former Shadow Health Secretary John Healey’s initial requests to do so back in June 2011. In this case the court unanimously decided that the NHS Bill was contrary to the Tory manifesto, unexpected, rushed, far reaching, pre-judged and without proper consultation. In effect, the judgement implies that the Tories cynically hid their plans to carve up the NHS prior to the 2010 election. You and I knew that of course, but to read it in black & white from a court judgement is truly unprecedented. This document below is a devastating indictment of the Tory handling of our democratic process. The judges unanimously ruled the Tory government should release the full contents of the NHS Risk Register.” Source: Dr Éoin Clarke (PhD) The Green Benches

BBC report how government tried to suppress the report
“Last month the government lost a Freedom of Information battle to keep its transitional risk register secret.”

The judgement itself argued that the public interest in understanding the risks involved in this case “would have been very high, if not exceptional” and would have provided the public “with a far better understanding of the risks to a national institution which millions depended on”.

• Read, or download, the complete judgement:
http://www.scribd.com/doc/88129339/Healy-Judgement

• Alternative download link:
Healy judgement PDF document

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