Health Secretary Andrew Lansley is deceiving the British public about the true adverse impact of his health bill, as a crunch tribunal hearing will today decide whether the risk register on the bill’s implications should be made public.
The government’s appeal against the Information Commissioner’s decision to uphold Freedom of Information requests from Labour MP, John Healey and London’s Evening Standard is due to be heard by the Information Tribunal today and tomorrow.
A recent YouGov poll revealed that nearly 70 per cent of those canvassed wanted the risk register published, with demands for openness being particularly strong amongst Liberal Democratic supporters.
Unite is also ratcheting up the pressure against the bill on Wednesday when it is organising a lobby of parliament in London for people to meet local MPs and tell them why the controversial bill should be scrapped.
The union believes that the health service will change beyond recognition within a decade as private healthcare companies take a stranglehold – the prospect of GPs charging for a consultation is a possibility.
Unite general secretary Len McCluskey said: “Andrew Lansley is deceiving the public about the true implications of the Health and Social Care Bill by his dogged refusal to publish the risk register.
“The government’s refusal to publish the register points to a recognition that their reforms will risk patient care and cost millions to implement – taxpayers’ money which should be spent on patient care. What have they got to hide?
“We cannot stand by and let that 64-year-old achievement be dismantled under a cloak of secrecy.”
The TUC is organising a Save Our NHS rally in Westminster at 6pm on Wednesday. Details are here.