Unlawful copying of the medical records of 1.6 million NHS patients?

Posted by on May 20, 2017 in Blog, NHS | 0 comments

“A core part of Google” has been told it has no lawful basis to process 5 years’ of patient data from the Royal Free Hospital in London. [1] With no legal basis, the data must be deleted. In May 2016, the New Scientist reported that Google DeepMind had access to a huge haul of patient data, seemingly without appropriate approvals. In July 2016, the MHRA confirmed that DeepMind had not received any approvals for a trial involving patients, using...

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Neglecting Public Health

Posted by on May 20, 2017 in Blog, Public Health | 0 comments

The British Medical Association has warned that that the UK is facing a ticking time bomb in public health, with a lack of leadership on improving the nation’s health risking the future sustainability of the NHS, and public health budgets facing a cut of £400million from 2015/16 to 2020/21. This comes as obesity rates remain stubbornly high across the UK, nearly one in six adults still smoke, and 7.8 million adults binge drink. Childhood...

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One in Eight in England Have Had Their Healthcare Data Breached

Posted by on May 20, 2017 in Blog, Public Health | 0 comments

One in eight consumers in England (13 percent) have had their personal medical information stolen from technology systems, according to results of a new survey from Accenture (www.accenture.com.). The survey of 1,000 people in England revealed that the vast majority (78 percent) believe healthcare providers have a great deal of responsibility for keeping digital healthcare data secure, compared to only 40 percent who believe it is their...

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Link health minimum funding level to GDP, says NHS Confederation

Posted by on May 19, 2017 in Blog, NHS | 0 comments

Niall Dickson, chief executive of the NHS Confederation, which represents health service organisations in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, said: “We welcome the attention which all parties are giving to the issue of health and care funding. The current system is under immense pressure and is struggling to cope financially and clinically – significant extra money will be needed over the next Parliamentary session if we are to avoid a major...

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The great cyber attack

Posted by on May 14, 2017 in Blog, NHS | 1 comment

A massive cyber attack on the NHS began on Friday May 12th. The NHS has been warned about the hacking threat. In 2016, NHS Digital chair Kingsley Manning said cyberattacks were “a fundamental threat to the operations of hospitals” and chastised the health service for not taking digital security seriously enough. In recent years funding for IT services has been raided to fund other aspects of care. In January 2017 the Health Service...

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