NHS data is a public asset. Why does Matt Hancock want to give it away?

Relying on private tech firms to innovate is a mistake – and the dependencies it creates are a key part of the NHS privatisation process.

This week, Health Secretary Matt Hancock launched a report with the Taxpayers’ Alliance (TPA), calling for increased automation of NHS services through partnerships with private sector technology companies. The pairing is highly questionable in itself – the (misnamed) Taxpayers’ Alliance is a right-wing lobby group backed by big business, which seeks to drastically reduce the role of the state and has previously called for replacing the NHS with an “insurance-based model” of healthcare.

Full story on OpenDemocracy, 26 April 2019


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