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Date: 18/7/2011

The Prime Minister, David Cameron has annouced that "We are creating a new era of transparency".  He says that the Government's release of official data will change the way we use our public services and adds that 'You'll be able to see not just what crimes have been committed on your street, but what action the police have taken...So now, you'll be able to compare the health outcomes of individual GP practices and hospital departments. You'll be able to see not just what crimes have been committed on your street, but what action the police have taken. You'll also know about congestion on local roads and delays on your railway line.'

Talking specifically about pharamceuticals the PM says "Take pharmaceuticals, an industry that employs hundreds of thousands of people across the UK. The data we are releasing will enable medical researchers to look at how different drugs work in real-life populations, helping to make the UK the most attractive place in the world for research and development of the next generation of life-saving drugs. Not only will that benefit patients, but it will help to create new jobs and economic opportunities"

Full details of the announcement can be found here:
http://www.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/news/government-publish-new-data-health-schools-courts-and-transport

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