UNPROOFED Public Access to NHS Financial Information: from a freedom of information regime to full open-book governance?

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10142/556947
Title:
UNPROOFED Public Access to NHS Financial Information: from a freedom of information regime to full open-book governance?
Authors:
Tunney, Sean; Thomas, Jane
Abstract:
This paper investigates the access that health professionals, researchers, journalists and, ultimately, the public have to review spending in the English National Health Service (NHS). The ability of news organisations to inform debate and decision-making, particularly when hospitals face financial constraints, relies on accessible data. Theorists such as Patrick Dunleavy have suggested that developments in information communications technology induce a dialectical movement, involving changing governance and increasing transparency. Drawing on this premise, the article reviews the extent to which the NHS has moved from a ‘freedom of information regime’ to one of ‘full open-book governance’. Its methodology includes a combination of documentary and freedom of information data analysis, as well as in-depth interviews with directors of commissioning and provider services and national agencies. It argues that, while increased dissemination of information might be consistent with the government’s digital agenda, the NHS’s quasi-market operation and its relationship to the Freedom of Information Act mean that significant data remains inaccessible or costly to obtain.
Affiliation:
University of Roehampton
Issue Date:
15-Jun-2015
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10142/556947
Type:
Preprint
Language:
en
Appears in Collections:
Department of Media, Culture and Language Collection

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dc.contributor.authorTunney, Seanen
dc.contributor.authorThomas, Janeen
dc.date.accessioned2015-06-15T15:08:35Zen
dc.date.available2015-06-15T15:08:35Zen
dc.date.issued2015-06-15en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10142/556947en
dc.description.abstractThis paper investigates the access that health professionals, researchers, journalists and, ultimately, the public have to review spending in the English National Health Service (NHS). The ability of news organisations to inform debate and decision-making, particularly when hospitals face financial constraints, relies on accessible data. Theorists such as Patrick Dunleavy have suggested that developments in information communications technology induce a dialectical movement, involving changing governance and increasing transparency. Drawing on this premise, the article reviews the extent to which the NHS has moved from a ‘freedom of information regime’ to one of ‘full open-book governance’. Its methodology includes a combination of documentary and freedom of information data analysis, as well as in-depth interviews with directors of commissioning and provider services and national agencies. It argues that, while increased dissemination of information might be consistent with the government’s digital agenda, the NHS’s quasi-market operation and its relationship to the Freedom of Information Act mean that significant data remains inaccessible or costly to obtain.en
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dc.language.isoenen
dc.subjectfreedom of informationen
dc.subjectdigital-era governanceen
dc.subjectopen-book governanceen
dc.subjectNHS financeen
dc.subjectdata journalismen
dc.subjectjournalismen
dc.titleUNPROOFED Public Access to NHS Financial Information: from a freedom of information regime to full open-book governance?en
dc.typePreprinten
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Roehamptonen
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