back to article NHS watchdog expresses vendor lock-in concerns over Federated Data Platform deal

England's health data watchdog has warned the government quango in charge of the country's health service that it must show how it will avoid vendor lock-in in the forthcoming £480 million ($604 million) deal for a Federated Data Platform (FDP). The controversial deal, set to be awarded this autumn, has attracted criticism …

  1. John Robson Silver badge

    Vendor lockin?

    We don't need vendor lockin, we've got corruption.

  2. elsergiovolador Silver badge


    Has this deal been audited by NCA or other organisation or are we waiting for "lessons will be learned" moment in a classic British fashion?

    Can't wait to buy my medical records on DarkNet, it will probably be quicker than getting them from my GP.

    1. Sir Sham Cad

      Re: Investigation

      You'll be approached by a tall man in a big hat and sunglasses going "pssst! wanna buy some cancer drugs?" long before your GP will know anything about it.

  3. Woodnag


    The National Data Guardian (NDG), a government patient confidentiality watchdog, has now warned.... blah blah blah... and as it has absolutely no power to force the government to follow any requirements, it will be duly ignored.

  4. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    But Then We Can Worry About Deals Like.......

    ....Google/Deepmind and the Royal Free Trust (...........ha! "Trust"......please give me a break!):

    - Link:

  5. Doctor Syntax Silver badge

    "That deal was subject to the threat of judicial review"

    It's increasingly clear that it needed to be more than a threat.

    1. Fruit and Nutcase Silver badge

      "judicial review"

      That won't stop ministers. Just look at the rhetoric coming from the Home Secretary about the judiciary

      1. Doctor Syntax Silver badge

        I'm afraid that the Dunning-Kruger wing of the party thinks it should be above the law. This is very dangerous and the sooner it finds itself unelectable the better. I feel sorry for One Nation Tories.

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