GP leaders believe release of NHS reforms risk register still essential

DH blocking release of risk register despite damning tribunal report as GPs demand openness.

Dr Chaand Nagpaul: 'Publishing the register is vital.'
Dr Chaand Nagpaul: 'Publishing the register is vital.'

Forcing the DH to publish the NHS risk register is crucial because changes can still be made to the 'contradictory' Health Act, GP leaders have warned.

The warning comes after an information tribunal published its judgment on 5 April, explaining why it ordered the DH to publish the register listing fears about the impact of the reforms. It said the way the reforms were introduced was 'exceptional' because a White Paper was published without consultations after the Conservative manifesto promised no 'top-down' NHS reorganisation.

GPC negotiator Dr Chaand Nagpaul said publishing the register was vital because the 'democratic process allows for amendments or reversal of the legislation'.

'The White Paper was published six weeks after the government took office on a pre-election promise of stability for the NHS,' he said.

RCGP chairwoman Dr Clare Gerada also called for its publication. 'It will address things like the competence of doctors, the failure regime and private providers driving up costs.'

A DH spokeswoman said it was examining the judgment and will set out its next steps 'as soon as we are able to'. The DH lost an appeal against a ruling last November ordering it to publish the register after a Freedom of Information request by former shadow health secretary John Healey. Mr Healey said: 'Ministers must now release it.'

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