NHS risk register’s publication vetoed by cabinet
The official assessment of the risks involved in the government’s NHS shakeup will never be published after the cabinet exercised its rare right of veto to keep it secret.
The move ends a 19-month campaign by the Labour MP John Healey for publication of the Department of Health’s own analysis of the damage its radical NHS overhaul may cause.
Andrew Lansley, the health secretary, said…”The Freedom of Information Act always contemplated such a ‘safe space’ and I believe effective government requires it. That is why cabinet has today decided to veto the release of the department’s transition risk register. Had we not taken this decision, it is highly likely that future sensitive risk registers would turn into anodyne documents, and be worded quite differently with civil servants worrying about how they sound to the public rather than giving ministers frank policy advice.”
Denis Campbell | The Guardian | 8th May 2012
Just three out of 200 suspected war criminals have been kicked out of ‘safe haven’ Britain.
Just three of the 200 suspected war criminals found in Britain in the past 18 months have been removed from the country.
Suspects identified by border officials are accused of systematic killing, torture and rape in countries such as Afghanistan, Rwanda and Zimbabwe. More than 30 have been given the right to stay here.
Campaign groups said the figures showed Britain was a ‘safe haven’ for war criminals.
Home Office figures, released under Freedom of Information rules, showed that more than 800 people were investigated between June 2010 and the end of last year over potential involvement in war crimes.
Jack Doyle | The Daily Mail | 8th May 2012
UK Border Agency paid £3.5m in bonuses
The UK Border Agency (UKBA) – recently branded “not fit for purpose” – paid £3.5m in performance-related bonuses to staff in one year, the BBC has learned.
Passengers recently faced prolonged queues to enter the UK at London’s Heathrow airport, while the UKBA’s computer ID system failed on 3 May.
The figures from a Freedom of Information request show the highest bonuses in the past year were £10,000.
Ed Davey | BBC | 9th May 2012