A review of the NHS has said the Freedom of Information Act should be applied consistently to all services provided by the NHS, including private companies who are using public money. 

GP Magazine report: 

The review makes 30 recommendations including making all providers of NHS services subject to ‘freedom of information requirements’ on a ‘consistent basis’.

It said the government should ‘rapidly extend access to the NHS pension scheme’ for all staff moving from a public provider to other NHS-funded ‘clinical’ providers. VAT refunds should also be applied to some charitable NHS-funded health care providers, the report recommended.

Health minister Lord Howe said: ‘We are committed to making sure that patients can access services delivered by the best possible providers.

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I am a journalist and author. I am a journalist at the UK edition of WIRED magazine. In 2015, my first book Freedom of Information: A Practical Guide for UK Journalists, was published. My second book Reed Hastings: Building Netflix, was published in March 2020. I created FOI Directory in 2012 and have maintained it in my spare time ever since.