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Democratic health care services need transparency

News, 10 May 2012

The British government came to power two years ago promising there would be no fundamental reforms to the National Health Service but that they would promote a new culture of transparency.

Yet it has legislated for the most fundamental reforms to the health service since its foundation more than 60 years ago, and it is refusing to publish its own risk assessment of the plans.

Democracy is impossible without transparency, and the British public is entitled to wonder what the government is aiming to hide, and why.

A leaked version of the risk assessment will fuel rather than allay public anxiety, as Roger Kline reports here, but the government appears more concerned with its own political risk than with risk to patients.

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