Releasing Lansley’s Risk Register is key to saving the NHS


6:19 pm - February 4th 2012

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contribution by Neil Foster

Almost year ago I wrote here how the huge mismatch in public trust levels meant the Government was always going to struggle to win support for its controversial NHS Bill.

We’ve seen a steady stream of groups representing health professional formally oppose the Bill, with the Royal College of GPs among the most recent and significant.

As Dr Hamish Meldrum of the British Medical Association has argued: “If the Prime Minister wants to put clinicians in control, he should listen to what they are saying – louder each day – and put this increasingly confused legislation out of its misery.”

The NHS Supporters campaign group has this weekend produced a devastating chart summarising which health professionals support or oppose the Government’s Health and Social Care Bill (below).

Many Coalition MPs and Ministers will be wondering how they can save face and pull back at this late stage.

There is one way: publish the Department of Health’s Risk Register. The unpublished advice and projections in the Risk Register are likely to reveal an array of unknowns and significant potential for spiralling costs and deterioration of patient care.

If not, then why is the Health Secretary so keen to avoid the instructions of the Information Commissioner to release it?

The ‘last-minute revelations’ from the Risk Register should enable Coalition MPs to say with a reasonably straight face that they have taken on board the warnings alongside those of the Health Select Committee.

However without the publication of the Risk Register there is no plausible exit strategy for MPs who have ignored pressure to repeatedly vote for such a controversial Bill.

That is why it is so important in the coming weeks health campaigners and parliamentarians focus on this specific measure and provide a way out.

Last week tenacious Labour MP and Health Select Committee Member Grahame Morris launched an Early Day Motion (2659) calling for the publication of the Risk Register.

In just a few days it has gathered 29 signatures with a quarter coming from Lib Dem MPs. Campaigners across the UK should now follow suit and press their MPs to add their name to this crucial EDM and collectively ensure over 100 new signatures within the next 10 days.

Pressure can be increased further if Ed Miliband decides to raise the issue of the Risk Register at the next Prime Minister’s Question Time. This should be followed by Labour using an Opposition Day Debate in Parliament on this and force all MPs to vote either for or against a motion demanding the register’s immediate release.

Contact your MP straight away using these tools from 38 Degrees and in your message urge your MP to sign Grahame Morris’ Early Day Motion 2659 insisting on the release of Lansley’s Risk Register.

For Conservative and Lib Dems MP it could be the least risky thing they do all year.

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Obviously is must be released. It will be eye-opening to read. But since the Condems are flying in the face of common sense, probably the law and public opinion, will that big reveal make any difference?

*the most transparent Government ever*

Some MPs may justify a vote for Lansley’s Bill by saying that the reforms have gone too far already and that stopping them will create a bigger mess. We should be ready to ask any MPs who says this, how reforms could have been made before legislation was passed. We should also be ready to challenge any payments or compensation made to companies or individuals who acted ahead of the Bill being passed.

4. the a&e charge nurse

Worth spreading the word?
In case u don’t understand NHS bill: GPs know they’re being set up to fail by being given commissioning powers – those are specialist skills.

After GPs fail, private commissioning expertise will be needed: large private corps, which will come to operate like health insurers.

These large bodies, like public/private insurance co’s, will be able to pick & choose patients. Note no geographical responsibility in bill.

Small differences will emerge in what services they offer. Top up plans will become available. And that, kids, will be that.

It is so very obvious that GPs are being set up to fail at the specialist task of health service planning that it’s clearly not an accident.

Those last 5 tweets are what will obviously, predictably, happen to the NHS after this bill. If you missed them, they were a bit important.

http://bengoldacre.posterous.com/what-will-happen-with-the-nhs-bill-in-5-tweet


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  5. Clare Jordan

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  9. Grahame Morris

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  19. Legal Aware

    a nice article from @neilrfoster on the unpublished risk register which I believe must be published. http://t.co/GQ5MBYxe

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  22. Drop the Bill – HM Government must publish the Risk Register | Dr Shibley Rahman : His Labour blog and much else

    [...] Neil Rose on the highly influential ‘Liberal Conspiracy’ website has written as follows: Many Coalition MPs and Ministers will be wondering how they can save face and pull back at this late stage. [...]

  23. Clare

    Has your MP signed up to the Motion calling on Govt to publish Lansley's NHS Risk Register? Get on to them: http://t.co/ZnhvSI5I

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  33. neilrfoster

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  43. neilrfoster

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  82. neilrfoster

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  83. neilrfoster

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  88. neilrfoster

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  100. The Health and Social Security Bill is an unholy mess. Drop it now.

    [...] Presumably that was predicted in the risk register, the concealment of which is a disgrace. See Liberal Conspiracy and the Green Benches blogs. The Infromation Commissioner ordered the release of the risk register, [...]

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