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NHS England is planning the procurement of a data platform with up to £240m million ($312 million) on the table to help in re-organization of the health service and recovering from the COVID-related backlog in care. The government body responsible for directing £136 billion (circa $176 billion) worth of health service spending …

  1. Scott Broukell

    Question: Is my personal data private?

    Answer: Yes, your personal data is private. It is harvested, stored, analysed and monetised by private companies for private profit and the benefit of private investors.

    So there you go! (not just applicable to the realm of health care either.)

  2. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Govt IT procurement - what could go wrong? - Health Data for sale Cheap!

    Govt IT procurement - what could go wrong?

    lowest bidder, not scoped properly, massive cost over runs. does not actually provide the required solution as that was not in the procurement document sound familiar?

    Oh well are they procuring it for internal use? and removing external commercial organisations from holding our personal private sensitive health data.

    Doubt it :-( NO Chance too sensible :-(

    are they just going to give it to NHS Digital (HSCIC) to run NOTE: they are NOT the NHS or public health England or Department of Health and Social care (DHSC) or any other Government body just a marketing name for a company with no real oversite to mislead people in to thinking it is part of the NHS to stop people waking up and to allow the selling of your health data (from their own website: NHS Digital is the data and technology partner of the NHS in England.)

    Probably :-( got to get that data shared somehow :-(

    :-( :-( :-( :-( :-(

    even my anonymised health data can identify me.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Govt IT procurement - what could go wrong? - Health Data for sale Cheap!

      NOTE: NHS Digital are a special health authority, and therefore part of DHSC. Go back to 4chan or whatever conspiracy hole you climbed out of.

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: Govt IT procurement - what could go wrong? - Health Data for sale Cheap!

        Following the Health and Social Care Act 2012, the HSCIC changed from a special health authority to an executive non-departmental public body on 1 April 2013 or as per the act 2012 c. 7PART 9CHAPTER 2 Establishment and general duties Section 252 "a body corporate."

        I may live in a hole in the ground but that's just because the IT dep't has been relegated to the basement

        not a conspiracy nut just concerned about data privacy and health data being "sold" by HSCIC / NHS Digital which they have been trying to do since they were formed, remember 2013 - July 2016 when it was killed by Caldicott's review, and before that selling 13 years of hospital data – covering 47 million patients – was sold by the NHS to actuaries for £2,2220.

        But I see that it has been announced (NOV 2021) that NHSX and NHS Digital will be merged in to NHS England. no timeframe given, there is hope that their data sharing aspirations will be curbed when part of NHS England

        Making NHS Digital part of the whole rather than a separate entity will hopefully help but Govt record on IT procurement is not good, just look at the history of failed projects.

  3. heyrick Silver badge

    about Palantir's role in the NHS

    There's your problem right there.

  4. mmonroe


    That's less than a weeks money Bozo said we send to the EU.

  5. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Over Complex Organisation

    What would help enormously would be if NHS England was simplified from it’s distributed operational model of national guidelines.

    In my region there are overlapping

    - 14x clinical commissioning groups

    - 24x NHS Trusts

    - hundreds of GP and Dental Providers

    All with boards, CEO’s, Finance Director’s, HR Teams, Support Services and all wastefully adding their own ‘local guidelines’ to National Protocols, Training etc.

    A quick search indicates in England there are 219 Provider Trusts and 10 Ambulance Trusts.

    Plus assorted related bodies like Local Authorities, Health and Well-being Boards, Hospice’s, Care Homes, charities, UKHIA, Department of Heath, NHS Digital and the Devolved Governments own Spins on it etc

    No wonder they are mired in inaction as they are literally bonfire burning money on local admin. For example as a Vaccinator - even if I was signed off by 1 Trust, I need to repeat the local training and competency assessment to work in another - even during a pandemic emergency.


    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Over Complex Organisation

      That is what integrated care systems are intended to partially sort. CCGs will cease to exist as legal entities shortly. It’s not solely to create a nice parcel to sell to the yanks.

      Having said that, despite the current ridiculous levels of separate boards, finance etc. the NHS spends less on admin than similar size health systems.

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