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Health Department challenged over “absurd” hospital consultant secrecy

The Campaign challenged the Department of Health’s refusal to say how many consultants work in hospital departments. The Department had claimed that it would be breaking the Data Protection Act (DPA) by releasing the precise figures. The Department has now agreed that the DPA does not prevent them from releasing the information and indicated it […]

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Government “puts two fingers up to openness code and Ombudsman”

A report by the Parliamentary Ombudsman published today (July 10) reveals that the government has: refused to comply with part of the Ombudsman’s recommendation that the government release details of gifts given to ministers issued a certificate preventing the Ombudsman seeing papers of cabinet committees dealing with the passage of the Human Rights Act issued

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Double blow to freedom of information

The government today delivered a double blow to freedom information. The 4 year delay in implementing the Freedom of Information Act, which the Lord Chancellor announced today was condemned as “totally unjustifiable” by the Campaign for Freedom of Information. The Campaign was also deeply critical of ministers’ decision to refuse to comply with an open

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“Substantial defects” remain in Freedom of Information proposals

There will still be “substantial defects” in the government’s Freedom of Information proposals, despite the changes announced by the Home Secretary today, according to the Campaign for Freedom of Information . The changes themselves are welcome and would remove a number of obstacles to openness, the Campaign said. “But they do not go far enough

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“Deeply disappointing” information bill “weaker than Conservatives’ openness code”

The Campaign for Freedom of Information said it was deeply disappointed by the government’s draft Freedom of Information (FoI) bill published today. [1]  “This is not just a major retreat from the government’s own white paper. In key areas the bill is weaker than the openness code introduced by the Conservatives” it said.

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