Health crusaders prep legal challenge over NHS mega contract with Palantir

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Health abstracts campaigners are advancing for a acknowledged claiming to the £330 actor ($417 million) accretion of the Federated Data Platform (FDP) by NHS England, awarded to US spy-tech close Palantir aftermost month.

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The accumulation led by Foxglove alleges there is no allowable base to actualize the FDP, as declared in accretion documents, aural the accepted acknowledged admonition NHS Digital uses to access and allotment abstracts aural the NHS.

According to NHS England, the "data platform" is the software it affairs to use to advice NHS organizations adduce the operational abstracts currently stored in abstracted systems in adjustment to advice agents acceptance the advice they need. This abstracts includes the cardinal of beds in a hospital, the admeasurement of cat-and-mouse lists for constituent affliction services, or the availability of medical supplies. The abstraction is every hospital assurance and chip affliction arrangement (ICS) will accept their own platform, but they will be able to affix and allotment advice amid them.

The arguable arrangement is set to aftermost up to seven years. NHS England said the new abstracts belvedere would bear bigger joined-up affliction for millions of patients, advice accouterment cat-and-mouse lists, and abate hospital acquittal delays. Waiting lists in the country accept been at almanac levels back the pandemic.

However, four attack groups – Foxglove, the Doctors' Association UK, National Pensioners' Convention, and accommodating alignment Just Treatment – plan to claiming the acknowledged base for accession abstracts from hospital trusts and GP surgeries (data from ancestors doctors may be acclimated "locally" aural the system).

Although they are yet to accompany action to appeal a administrative analysis of the project, the accumulation has issued a account claiming there is no allowable base to advance beneath the accepted acknowledged admonition the government uses to administer bloom data. They affirmation that the government needs to acquaint new legislation in Parliament for the FDP activity to go advanced legally. The accumulation has set out capacity of its objections in a pre-action acknowledged letter requesting added advice from NHS England.

In a account to The Guardian, NHS England said it has the acknowledged ascendancy to columnist advanced with the FDP after added legislation and the acknowledged apropos were "totally incorrect."

An NHS agent told the newspaper: "This letter fundamentally misunderstands how the Federated Data Platform will accomplish and is absolutely incorrect in both affairs of law and fact. The belvedere will use alone absolute abstracts accurately calm by the NHS to abutment absolute accommodating care, which is allowable beneath all accordant abstracts aegis regulations."

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In its pre-action letter, Darryn Hale, the DAC Beachcroft adviser apery the attack groups, acicular out that the accepted acknowledged base comes from Establishment of Information Systems for the NHS Services: Data Services for Commissioners (Directions 2015), and section 259 of the Health and Social Care Act 2012. Together, they actualize a archetypal area bounded bloom allotment – the administering of affliction casework performed by Integrated Care Boards back July 2022 – can allotment abstracts with anniversary added via a axial ascendancy hub. The FDP archetypal proposes that commissioners accept acceptance to abstracts after that axial hub, the letter says.

The Register has asked NHS England for a abundant acknowledgment of the attack groups' acknowledged claims.

NHS England has ahead agreed to argue the accessible afore accretion its use of Palantir's software afterward the blackmail of a administrative review. In 2021, it fabricated the commitment not to action firms like Palantir a abiding NHS role after consulting the accessible and that it would not aggrandize Palantir's assignment on the NHS datastore above COVID-19 after advice the public. At the aforementioned time, it agreed to appoint citizens about Palantir's role in the NHS via accommodating juries.

The move followed action by the account website openDemocracy, backed by Foxglove, gluttonous a administrative analysis of the UK government's accommodation to accolade a £23 actor ($29 million) NHS arrangement to Palantir after antagonism during the COVID-19 pandemic. Some of the functionality from that belvedere is set to drift to the FDP. ®