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Health data campaigners are preparing for a legal challenge to the £330 million ($417 million) procurement of the Federated Data Platform (FDP) by NHS England, awarded to US spy-tech firm Palantir last month. NHS hosptial photo, by Marbury via Shutterstock UK health secretary confirms end for NHS Digital, architect of the GP …

  1. Paul Herber Silver badge

    Send in a General Administrator to Nominate Data Acquisition Licence Formulation.

  2. Doctor Syntax Silver badge

    "it agreed to engage citizens about Palantir's role in the NHS via patient juries"

    How are the juries selected and by whom?

  3. Pascal Monett Silver badge

    "there is no lawful basis to proceed"

    Oh what a bunch of party crashers. Come on, after all the junkets they've been paid to go to and all that time quaffing champaign, eating delicious munchies and, occasionally, listening to some boring busybody tell everyone why it was important, you want to gut the trough that has been set up from which Lord only knows how many in the UK government are going to profit ?

    Have you no pity ?

    What's that ? UK citizens ? Who cares about them ? If they were so important, they should've gotten themselves elected.

  4. Barrie Shepherd

    What could possibly go wrong?

    All that that data about patients together with "the number of beds in a hospital, the size of waiting lists for elective care services, or the availability of medical supplies" being stored by a US company, with track record in supporting spying activity, and data being available to Big American Pharma.

    "We see that the NHS is running low on stores of drug1234 - so they will be buying some soon - tell marketing to raise the price 20%"

    "We see that the NHS waiting list for cataract operations is lengthening get our private hospitals in the Uk to start a marketing campaign for private cataract operations"

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward


      US pharma hates drug subsidises.

      Affordable medical care is so UnAmerican.

  5. Bebu Silver badge

    Still scratching my head...

    why would anyone deal with a company named "Palantir?"

    In looking into that particular crystal ball you are inviting the very devil into your head as Pippin Took discovered.

    Not even a UK devil at that.

    1. Arthur Daily

      Re: Still scratching my head...

      Because their first choice was already taken, see A plantar wart, or verruca vulgaris, is a wart occurring on the bottom of the foot or toes. These things are nasty, and take ages to heal. Surgical removal needed. What a joke - outsourcing, warts and all.

  6. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    why would anyone deal with a company named "Palantir?"


    It is not just anyone : the UK government.

    This one, who has been in crooked and utterly incompetent Tory hands for ages.

    The last three heads being mediocre clowns.

    The ones who brought about Brexit, have practically destroyed the NHS, have all but "sold England by the pound" and looks the other way when water companies constantly flood rivers and seaside with shit.

    Just to name a few accomplishments, the list is far too long for just one post.

    There's no need for a crystal ball to see where this path leads.


  7. b1k3rdude

    I have complained to MP about this and about the previous attempts to scrap my patient data from my local GP (doctor). My GP gets where Im coming from and also dosent not want any part of it. Its like a game of cat and mouse trying to keep my f**king data off the NHS.

    1. Arthur Daily

      Get your doctor in on the game. Add some offensive names in Latin that would never fly in any workplace. False or incorrect information in any system ruins it. Add some metadata that points to nasty ransomware. Like OOO (comatose like) or TUBE (Totally Unnecessary Breast Examination), SOB SOB (Silly Old B - Sh in Bed) Newer doctors don't know the old fountain pen age of GP slang. What make TUBE funny, is that no breast exams are unnecessary - one GP found many cancers early, saved lives. O-Sign in bed, mouth open, staring at ceiling. LO for lights out. Ref:

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