Government sells entire NHS patient data to firm headed by disgraced banker

Pride's Purge

(not satire – it’s the UK today!)

I’m not sure what would normally constitute a political scandal of massive proportions – but surely this should be a contender.

Turns out the coalition government has secretly sold the entire NHS patient data for England to a private firm headed by a disgraced former Barclays banker.

The sale only came to light after the firm – PA Consulting Group – boasted about the fact buried deep in one of its documents.

Here’s the relevant section from the document called Future of Healthcare:

PA consulting

The Guardian has an article today asking questions about how a private company could manage to buy supposedly personal data of NHS patients:

NHS England patient data uploaded to Google servers

But what the Guardian article doesn’t mention is that PA Consulting is a management consultancy company chaired by a former banker – Marcus Agius.

Before he joined PA…

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