Labour Shadow Health Minister Andy Burnham calls on Lib Dem MPs

Andy Burnham


Andy Burnham MP, Labour's Shadow Health Secretary is calling on Liberal Democrat MPs to support his call for the Government’s risk assessment on the Health Bill to be published.

The internal risk register drawn up by the Department of Health shows the impact of the Health and Social Care Bill. 

We are calling on the Government to respect the ruling by the Information Commissioner and to publish the risk register associated with the Health and Social Care Bill in order to ensure that it informs public and parliamentary debate.

We now have calls from Lib Dem activists and Tory MPs demanding that the Government publish the risks associated with its Health Bill.  

Whether people support the Bill or not, there is surely an overriding public interest in properly informing the debate with all relevant information. People care passionately about the NHS and they have a right to know the full implications of the Government’s proposed reorganisation. 

MPs and Peers simply cannot be expected to give final approval to a far-reaching change of this magnitude to our country’s best-loved institution without possession of all relevant information. 

This is not just our judgement; it is the clear ruling of the Information Commissioner. Today the House of Commons should vote for the openness and transparency that this Government once promised.

Liberal Democrats have a tradition of support for freedom of information. Their votes today will be crucial in ensuring whether this controversial policy finally gets the full scrutiny it needs. Let’s see where they really stand on this. What is more important to them? Their Government cars and office, or our Health Service.
Nye Bevan said " there will be an NHS for as long as there are folk left with the faith to fight for it" Sadly this coalition Government are putting all that at risk and are refusing to publish their own risk assessment on the Health Bill.

We promise David Cameron the fight of his life as we battle to save the NHS.

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