A court has just made a major ruling against the Conservative Party. And in doing so, it could expose the Tories’ stealth privatisation of the NHS.
On Wednesday 24 May, three court judges ruled that former Health Secretary Andrew Lansley must publish all of his ministerial diaries from 2010 to 2011. This is the period of time when the controversial Health and Social Care Act 2012 was being written. The legislation is often viewed as a ‘backdoor’ means of slowly privatising the NHS.
The decision came after a long campaign by a journalist to gain access to Lansley’s most private of political notes.
Journalist Simon Lewis originally asked for access to Lansley’s diaries nearly six years ago. At the time, he was only given a heavily redacted version of the notes. But in 2013, the Information Commissioner’s Office said that Lewis must be given the majority of the withheld information. Ever since, however, …