Belfast Telegraph

Monday 22 September 2014

Raft of information to go public

David Cameron is ordering a raft of information to be made public about the way hospitals, schools, courts and transport services are run

Prime Minister David Cameron is ordering a raft of information to be made public about the way hospitals, schools, courts and transport services are run.

As part of the Government's push to make publicly funded organisations more transparent, new records will begin to be released from October, he told Cabinet colleagues.

A "parent-friendly" website portal will be created to allow mothers and fathers to enter a postcode to reveal the latest Ofsted judgments, pupil performance levels and school spending rates in one go.

Assessments on teaching for high, average and low attaining pupils across a range of subjects will be released from January next year.

The NHS will have to publish complaints categorised by hospital to allow patients to take "better decisions" about which centre "suits them".

GPs in England will come under greater scrutiny with data on clinical outcomes to be published by December as well as their prescribing practices.

From November criminal courts will release all sentencing results giving the age, gender and ethnicity of offenders, though not their names.

Reoffending rates by offender and institution will be made available from October.

The public will also be able to keep the transport industry under a closer watch.

Information on roadworks on the Strategic Road Network is to be published from October. Even information on cycle routes and the national car park database will be made available.

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