There has been a fair bit of commentary on the lack of coverage, with some suggesting there may have been a deliberate conspiracy to keep quiet because of political pressures and/or vested interests of BBC executives in private health providers.
Like many people, I submitted a complaint to the BBC about their lack of coverage of this important topic. I received a prompt reply as follows:
More coverage was given on the 'Today' programme on the following dates:
Sat 10th March, 0712-0714 Liberal Democrat activists will decide this morning whether Nick Clegg will face a vote on the health bill. The BBC's Robin Bryant explains why that could be bad news for the government.
Weds 21st March, 0840-0853 The government's controversial plans to change the NHS have passed their final hurdle in Parliament after 14 months of opposition and changes in both houses. Professor Chris Ham, chief executive of the health think-tank The King's Fund, looks at what we left with now.
In addition examples of coverage on BBC News Online include:
So, if I have understood this right,during March, the Today Programme covered the story once, in an early two-minute slot, before the Bill was passed. Other items that morning included 4 minutes on a French theme park based on Napoleon, 6 minutes on international bagpipe day and 8 minutes on Jubilee celebrations.