Information Commissioner hits at at Govt over risk register veto
The Information Commissioner has hit out at ministers over their refusal to publish the full NHS reforms risk register, saying the Government's position is unjustified and departs from policy.
A report by Christopher Graham accused ministers of changing government policy on freedom of information, and insists that use of the Government's veto should be reserved for cases that are "truly exceptional".
Speaking to the Royal College of Nursing's annual congress, Ed Miliband accused the Government of acting like "the masters, not the servants" of the NHS.
After Health Secretary Andrew Lansley was heckled and jeered by the Royal College of Nursing conference yesterday, the Labour leader today announced a new Labour initiative - NHS Check - to allow staff and patients to report on problems arising from Mr Lansley's reforms.
Mr Miliband told Sky News that if Labour wins power it will scrap the "alien" free-market elements of the Health and Social Care Act.
Shadow Health Minister Diane Abbott has also said she feels there would be "public support" for industrial action by doctors over changes to their pensions.
The Labour MP told Pulse magazine: "So long as they are not compromising patient safety, clearly the BMA has a right to take industrial action and so long as it is a legal ballot, they have enough of a mandate.
"We have a lot of sympathy for the BMA because the Government has lost the confidence of professionals generally on its reforms, but also on the question of pensions. I think there will be public support. The public trust health professionals more than they trust ministers."
But a Labour source said the party "would not support strike action which affected patients, as Diane made clear."