Lib Dem Mulholland called on to support Labour NHS Risk Register

Fabian Hamilton MP and Andy Burnham MP, Labour's Shadow Health Secretary, are calling on Liberal Democrat MP Greg Mulholland to support calls for the Government’s risk assessment on the Health Bill to be published in the ongoing opposition day debate in the House of Commons.


Mr Mulholland is among 15 Liberal Democrat MPs who have previously signed an Early Day Motion calling for just such a move.


The internal risk register drawn up by the Department of Health shows the impact of the Health and Social Care Bill. 


Labour are calling on the Government to respect the ruling by the Information Commissioner and to publish the risk register associated with the Health and Social Care Bill in order to ensure that it informs public and parliamentary debate.


Leeds North-East MP Fabian Hamilton said:


"Liberal Democrat MP Greg Mulholland has signed an Early Day Motion calling Andrew Lansley to publish the NHS Risk Register, as have I. He knows the critical importance of this register that is why I am urging Mr Mulholland to support the principle of freedom of information and back Labour's motion in today's Opposition Day Debate calling Lansley to publish the register."


Andy Burnham added: 


"The call from Lib Dem activists for the Government to publish the risks associated with its Health Bill is a timely reminder for Liberal Democrat MPs ahead of today’s debate in Parliament.


"Whether people support the Bill or not, there is surely an overriding public interest in properly informing the debate with all relevant information. 


"People care passionately about the NHS and they have a right to know the full implications of the Government’s proposed reorganisation.


"MPs and Peers simply cannot be expected to give final approval to a far-reaching change of this magnitude to our country’s best-loved institution without possession of all relevant information. 


"This is not just our judgement; it is the clear ruling of the Information Commissioner. Today the House of Commons should vote for the openness and transparency that this Government once promised.


"Liberal Democrats have a tradition of support for freedom of information. Their votes today will be crucial in ensuring whether this controversial policy finally gets the full scrutiny it needs." 

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