Sky News: Google sued for using the NHS data of 1.6 million Britons ‘without their knowledge or consent’

Sky News: Google sued for using the NHS data of 1.6 million Britons ‘without their knowledge or consent’. “Google is being sued over its use of confidential medical records belonging to 1.6 million individuals in the UK. The company’s artificial intelligence arm, DeepMind, received the data in 2015 from the Royal Free NHS Trust in London for the purpose of testing a smartphone app called Streams.”

The Guardian: Mandatory Covid jabs dropped for NHS staff in England from mid-March

The Guardian: Mandatory Covid jabs dropped for NHS staff in England from mid-March. “Mandatory Covid-19 jabs for health and social care workers in England will be scrapped on 15 March, Sajid Javid has said, as he confirmed staff will no longer be required by law to get vaccinated. The rules came into force for care home staff in November, and had been due to be introduced for frontline NHS and wider social care staff in regulated settings from 1 April.”

‘Everyone’s like zombies’: NHS staff ‘reduced to tears’ by Covid shortages (ITV)

ITV: ‘Everyone’s like zombies’: NHS staff ‘reduced to tears’ by Covid shortages. “NHS workers in England have been “reduced to tears” by staff shortages caused by the Omicron variant of coronavirus, the Royal College of Nursing has said. RCN director for England Patricia Marquis said the government needs to be ‘honest’ with the public about the pressure being put on the health service, adding that patient care is being impacted.”

Covid: Critical incidents declared at several hospital trusts as Omicron hits staff numbers (ITV)

ITV: Covid: Critical incidents declared at several hospital trusts as Omicron hits staff numbers. “Critical incidents have been declared at several NHS trusts in the past five days, with at least 14 hospitals now responding to reduced staff numbers. The Omicron variant of Covid is said to be causing mass absences across a range of industries, with the government forecasting that 25% of workforces could be forced into self-isolation by the fast-spreading strain.”

BBC: NHS Covid app sends record number of ‘pings’

BBC: NHS Covid app sends record number of ‘pings’ . “The NHS Covid app has sent a record number of contact-tracing alerts, informing people of their exposure to someone who has tested positive for the virus. A total of 698,646 ‘pings’ were sent to people in England and Wales between 16 December and 22 December. That is nearly 8,000 more than the previous record of 690,711 sent during a seven-day period in July.”

The Register: Brit law firm files suit against Google and Deepmind over use of hospital patients’ data

The Register: Brit law firm files suit against Google and Deepmind over use of hospital patients’ data. “A UK law firm is bringing legal action on behalf of patients it says had their confidential medical records obtained by Google and DeepMind Technologies in breach of data protection laws. Mishcon de Reya said today it planned a representative action on behalf of Mr Andrew Prismall and the approximately 1.6 million individuals whose data was used as part of a testing programme for medical software developed by the companies.”

Channel 4: NHS England digital database launch delayed by two months after patient outcry over consultation

Channel 4: NHS England digital database launch delayed by two months after patient outcry over consultation . “A new central NHS database using GP records in England won’t now come online until September, amid concerns about privacy. The digital system was meant to be launched next month, collating information on patient appointments, treatments and referrals, as well as other data held by local surgeries.”

The Independent: New website to help patients and NHS staff check hospital waiting times

The Independent: New website to help patients and NHS staff check hospital waiting times. “A group of patient activists has set up a new website using official NHS data to allow patients to check the waiting times for treatments at their local hospital. The new waiting times tool is thought to be the first automated and regularly updated website that shows hospital performance against key waiting time targets, by medical specialty such as cardiology or orthopaedics.”

Financial Times: England’s NHS plans to share patient records with third parties

Financial Times: England’s NHS plans to share patient records with third parties. I do not usually share Financial Times articles because of the paywall, but this article was not paywalled to me. “England’s NHS is preparing to scrape the medical histories of 55m patients, including sensitive information on mental and sexual health, criminal records and abuse, into a database it will share with third parties. The data collection project, which is the first of its kind, has caused an uproar among privacy campaigners, who say it is ‘legally problematic’, especially as patients only have a few weeks to opt out of the plan.”