Following a Freedom of Information request to our dictators at the DoH, a reply as regards the MTAS review panel has been received:
"You asked who appointed the review group panel. I can confirm that Clare Chapman, Director General of Workforce at the Department of Health had overall responsibility for considering who was appropriate to sit on the review group.
With regards to ministerial level discussions, Ms Chapman discussed these choices with the Secretary of State for Health.In terms of the transcripts from the review group meetings, I can confirm that the Department holds correspondence in relation to consultations between Government Ministers and interested parties, including advice in the development of policy process that determined the decisions of the review group. The Department considers, however, that this information is exempt from disclosure under section 35 of the FOI Act."
Thus Clare Chapman, a DoH employee who has been involved in MTAS and MMC, had the responsibility of selecting who sat on the 'independent' MTAS review panel.
Importantly Clare Chapman discussed her choices with Patricia Hewitt, who clearly is another person with a glaring conflict of interest in this area.
The last bit is very sinister indeed, as it reveals that the DoH is withholding information concerning 'advice in the development of policy process that determined the decisions of the review group'; and this information involves government ministers and 'interested parties'- whoever they are?
Even though the DoH is not releasing this correspondence, it becomes abundantly clear that the review group was clearly not 'independent'; it was hand picked by two people who had obvious vested interests in MTAS not being consigned to the dust bin, where it rightly belongs.
Most shocking is the admission from the DoH that the 'independent' review panel had their hands completely tied by decisions that had been made by ministers and 'interested parties', as regards 'advice in the development of policy process'.
The review was therefore nothing more than a political sham, not that I'm particularly surprised at this, it's just disappointing that our politicians are nothing more than corrupt dictators.