Leaked emails suggest spy tech firm Palantir was shoo-in for NHS data deal

OpenDemocracy reports that emails it has seen show that US spy-tech firm Palantir was a shoo-in for a multi-million-pound NHS contract months before the deal was signed.

The email exchange from 2020, in which senior NHS executives discussed the budget for a new national data platform, sees more than one person referring to Palantir as the recipient of the funding.

The firm, owned by billionaire Donald Trump donor Peter Thiel, has won five NHS deals in a row without tender. It is heavily tipped to secure a separate contract worth £480m later this year to build a new “operating system” for the NHS.

Conservative MP David Davis told openDemocracy it was “incredibly concerning that the NHS appears to have already taken decisions to award contracts to Palantir before the end of the procurement process”.

Full story in openDemocracy, 21 August 2023

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