NHS bill: keeping parliament in dark is a constitutional outrage

The government’s attitude towards publication of the risk register covering the health bill reveals a growing authoritarianism

Article by Lord Owen, published in The Observer, 18 March, 2012

Constitutional legitimacy has plagued the health and social care bill. The prime minister started by breaking an election pledge not to make yet another top-down reorganisation of the NHS. There is, therefore, no electoral mandate for the bill. He also pledged that there would be no further transfer of legislative powers to the EU without a referendum, but has nevertheless introduced health legislation that paves the way for unprecedented levels of EU interference in the NHS. To read the full article please click here