back to article Former NHS AI leader joins US spy-tech firm Palantir

US surveillance-tech supplier Palantir has hired a one-time director of AI for NHSX – the former UK health service digital agency. Indra Joshi quit her role at the end of March as NHSX and NHS Digital were merged into NHS England, a non-departmental government body. Her arrival at Palantir will raise concerns among NHS …

  1. cantankerous swineherd

    taking a break according to her twitter bio https://mobile.twitter.com/IndraJoshi10

    1. Halfmad

      from her bio: "Break the silos and let's get S*** done."

      Silos are sometimes there for a good reason.

    2. oiseau Silver badge
      Facepalm

      Just wait for it, will probably make headlines soon:

      ---

      Parlantir awarded another contract for £75m to run NHS England.

      Ex NHSX's Indra Joshi to be in charge of operations.

      ---

      This followed by a completely unintelligible speech by no. 10's actual tennant attempting to explain that which has no logical explanation.

      Along the lines of this one: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kuJHmBW_bgU

      O.

    3. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      I have met her several times

      And discussed her achievements with many of her colleagues.

      The consensus was that you would be lucky to get her to work for you.

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: I have met her several times

        If someone chooses to work for Palantir I do not want to work with them or in any sort of close proximity to them. Scum, the lot of them. Don't give me everyone needs to work, if Palantir will hire you then you shouldn't have any issue getting a similar job elsewhere.

  2. Pascal Monett Silver badge

    Palantir

    Somehow, I think that this world would be a much better place if disgraced companies were torched to the ground and their company leaders with them.

    But that's just my opinion.

    In any case, another bright mind lost to Humanity.

    Congratulations, Peter Thiel.

    1. oiseau Silver badge
      Thumb Up

      Re: Palantir

      <iBut that's just my opinion.</i>

      +1

      Mine too.

      O.

  3. VoiceOfTruth

    The silence of the MPs

    -> US surveillance-tech supplier Palantir

    Not a single word from 'our' MPs about everything and everyone being under surveillance from a foreign intelligence company, when that company is American. That should tell you how much the entire political establishment has been subverted.

    1. Paul Crawford Silver badge

      Re: The silence of the MPs

      Subverted, or simply don't give a rat's arse about the people they are supposed to represent?

    2. Doctor Syntax Silver badge

      Re: The silence of the MPs

      Have you actually drawn your MP's attention to this? Unless they understand the issues this will look just like BAU for the revolving door.

    3. Alpharious

      Re: The silence of the MPs

      If your MP's are cut from the same cloth as American Politicians, then they will probably be tech illiterate lawyers who need help desk to set up zoom for them. So they will not know who or what palantair is, who peter thiel is. Hell they probably don't even know the lord of the rings reference.

  4. alain williams Silver badge

    How do we verify ...

    that information given to Palantir will not then be used for non NHS purposes or given to USA spooks ?

    1. Yet Another Anonymous coward Silver badge

      Re: How do we verify ...

      Because we already gave them everyone's information

      1. VoiceOfTruth

        Re: How do we verify ...

        "We" didn't, "they" did.

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: How do we verify ...

      You don't.

      Serfs don't have rights.

  5. Eclectic Man Silver badge

    'Best and Brightest'

    "Palantir hires the best and brightest people from public and private sector organisations around the world."

    So claims everyone else. OTOH, they are hardly likely to claim "We hire whoever is available, and scrape the bottoms of the barrels when necessary".

    Was she a success at NHSX, or does Palantir just want the connections?

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: 'Best and Brightest'

      No one was a success at NHSX. That’s why it was closed down.

      I would be surprised if she is still employed once the ink is dry on the NHSE contract.

      I was watching the NHS Palantir platform in action yesterday and was surprised how clunky and slow it is, however it works and that puts it several leagues ahead of anything anyone from NHSX has touched.

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: 'Best and Brightest'

        It's an ok system. Most of it is easily replaceable with open source components though. Yes, it does suffer from performance issues though.

    2. Fruit and Nutcase Silver badge
      Joke

      Re: 'Best and Brightest'

      Hypotheically speaking, were Palantir to recruit Dido Harding, which would it be...

      1. "Palantir hires the best and brightest people from public and private sector organisations around the world."

      2. ...or does Palantir just want the connections?

  6. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    I hope they went though their pockets when they left the building

    Wouldn't want a stray USB drive accidentally loading a copy of the NHS database into Palantir right?

    That never happens to you UK types right? Especially not the ones in Cambridge?

  7. sabroni Silver badge
    Happy

    Ha ha

    Ever get the feeling you've been cheated?

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