9 May 2012
Ministers have controversially vetoed the publication of the NHS risk register despite an Information Tribunal ruling in March that its publication should go ahead.
Green MP Caroline Lucas (Brighton Pavilion) said:
"It simply beggars belief that, despite two rulings demanding the release of the NHS risk register, the Health Secretary is willing to defy the law to keep it secret. The refusal to come clean speaks volumes - the Government knows that its own assessment could be the nail in the coffin of the hugely flawed and unpopular Health and Social Care Bill.
"The Department of Health's apparent belief that it can rightfully ignore public opinion, the concerns of health professionals and now the Information Commissioner is symptomatic of the kind of staggering arrogance we have come to expect from this Government - not to mention a complete disregard for the democratic process."
Today's decision goes against the pledges David Cameron made in 2010 for "transparency"
"I think transparency can help us to re-build trust in our politics. One of the reasons people don't trust politicians is because they think we've always got something to hide. Well, by the time we've finished, there will be far fewer hiding places...
"In time, I want our government to be one of the most open and transparent in the world." David Cameron 2010
The Information Tribunal had ruled that the public interest in publishing the risk register was "very high, if not exceptional".