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Government loses appeal against order to publish NHS reforms risk register

The Government has lost its appeal against a decision instructing it to publish the risks associated with the introduction of its NHS reforms.

The Information Tribunal today upheld a ruling by the Information Commissioner that the transitional risk register produced for the Government's Health and Social Care Bill must be made public.

The Information Commissioner originally ruled last year that the Government must publish the register under the Freedom of Information Act. The Government appealed this decision, with the tribunal held over two days in London this week.

A spokesman for the Information Commissioner welcomed the ruling: ‘We will consider the full details of the tribunal's decision once it has been made available.'

A Department of Health spokesperson said:  ‘We are still awaiting the detailed reasoning behind this decision. Once we have been able to examine the judgment we will work with colleagues across Government and decide next steps.'