Just for the record, I blogged a few days ago about my PQs to the Health Minister on the NHS Risk Register, and here’s a letter I wrote to Lansley too, followed by his response.
The Rt Hon Andrew Lansley CBE MP
Secretary of State for Health
Department of Health
18 November 2011
Dear Secretary of State
Re: Risk Register
I have been contacted by nearly a hundred constituents who are understandably anxious that you publish the risk register of the Health and Social Care Bill as a matter of urgency.
Over the past few months, hundreds of constituents have contacted me to object to your Bill and it is clear from their comments just how much the NHS means to them and their families. The NHS is invaluable to people all over the country, yet this Bill and the complete disregard you have shown for NHS patients and staff by hiding your plans for the NHS at the election, by rejecting the Lords amendment to ensure greater scrutiny and by repeatedly refusing to publish the risk register suggests you do not value it at all.
Your determination to hide the register while MPs, and now Lords, consider the Bill because it “would have jeopardised the success of the policy” suggests you have no desire to make sure the Bill is properly scrutinised, or that it is in the best interest of the NHS or to make sure that the public are fully informed of your plans. It seems you are instead determined to push the Bill through in the face of objections from health experts and patients for your own ideological reasons.
The public have a right to know the truth about what your policy means for their NHS, not what the risk register means for your policy, so I am asking on behalf of my constituents that you now publish the register in full.
I look forward to hearing from you.
Labour MP for Bristol East
Here’s what the Secretary of State had to say in response: NHSriskregister