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Open data plans would allow public to scrutinize the services of Health, education and crime

Date: (29 June 2012)    |    

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Governments ‘open data’ plans would divulge huge amount of information which would concern about public services covering health, education and crime which would allow patients scrutinise the success rate of treatment by local GPs including their track record on cancer treatment.
The information available under the plans would not only contain potentially life-changing information about the local healthcare but would also provide parents to judge schools beyond the usual Ofsted report which are available and see more data, like which schools have the better record or sending pupils into universities.
A White Paper was unveiled by the Cabinet Office today which has been designed to make those working in public services more accountable. Cabinet Office Minister Francis Maude said there would be a ‘presumption to publish’ information from departments and officials ‘from the Prime Minister down’.
Coalition ministers started revealing more about government spending two years ago when they began publishing all departmental spending over £25,000 and local authorities had to reveal all spending over £500.
The data already has the names of senior civil servants who are earning salaries higher than the Prime Minister available on the data.gov.uk website. The residents now have the access to see the records of their neighbourhood which are published in crime maps and sentencing rates.
Mr Maude said data is the 21st century’s new raw material. With more than 9,000 datasets covering crime, health and education up on data.gov.uk, people can now scrutinise local crime statistics, sentencing rates, school results, hospital infection rates and GP outcomes. Still it would be taken to the next level he said.
More data would be published that has the power to change people’s everyday lives.
From the end of July, cancer survival rates will be published to give patients more choice over which GP they want to manage their care. Such information will put pressure on GPs to ensure they detect cancers earlier
Patients will be able to enter their postcode and see detailed comparisons between local clinics.
And there will also be a Smartphone app giving GP ratings based on 11million responses from the Department of Health’s national survey, which asked patients questions such as whether they trusted their GP and how easy it was to get an appointment.
The White Paper on Open Data stated that there would be unrelenting efforts to get more data out.