Database State – why there's never enough money for NHS care

When the people of Britain pay their taxes, they expect basic services in return. A well funded and managed NHS, a Police force that polices rather than politics, and the right equipment for our servicemen and women when they are asked to put their lives on the line.

What does this Government do. Wastes it all on IT, useless IT projects that no one wants.

To spy on all of us.

The ID Card Scheme, current cost £5.5 billion and rising by the day.
Biometric Passports – current costs £4 billion and rising by the day.
London Heathrow Terminal 5 – costs unknown, but designed to spy on everyone with biometrics built in to the design.

In case you didn’t know, fingerprint can be spoofed

And even if it worked 100%, that doesn’t make it RIGHT, but I'm sure the kids in this vid will make sure that in time everything will get charged to the Headteacher's account…

To spy on our drivers in London

Anti-terrorist police could face a massive bill for storing up to five
years of data from London's congestion charge cameras
and automatic number
plate recognition system reports Computer Weekly.

The Home Office last week gave the Metropolitan Police
permission for routine real-time access to Transport for London's
(TfL) 1,500
cameras to track terrorist suspects' vehicles throughout the city

Home Office and police spokespeople declined to say
how much the scheme would cost, but CCTV experts said collecting all the data
from TfL's network and car
tracking tags
(yes, they are trying out tracking) could require up to 8.8
of storage, and drive the bill as
high as £1.75bn.

In a statement to Parliament, minister of state for
security, counter-terrorism, crime and policing Tony McNulty said the Met
needed bulk number plate data from TfL's camera network in London
“specifically for terrorism intelligence purposes and to prevent and
investigate such offences”.

A TfL spokesman said it keeps camera data for seven days. “I don't know how the police plan to
keep it for five years,”
he said. 


To Spy on our Kids

Then there is the ContactPoint database set to contain
information and carers' contact details for every child in England will cost £41
million (US$84 million) a year to run on top of its £224 million implementation
costs, the government has admitted. 

Capgemini was awarded the £40 million, seven-year contract
to set up and manage the ContactPoint database and online directory earlier
this week.

But children's minister Kevin Brennan has revealed that the
ongoing costs of the database — accessible to more than 330,000 education,
health, social care and youth justice professionals — will dwarf the contract

ContactPoint will contain basic identifying information
about all children in England
from birth until age 18, along with contact details for their parents or carers
and for professionals providing support services to them.

Brennan confirmed that the total costs of implementing the system
are estimated at £224 million, with £28.4 million already spent on the project
in 2006-07 and a further £11.2 million in the first three months of 2007-08. 

Running costs thereafter are estimated to be #41 million per
year. (source)


Sharing your personal data 

The National Audit Office has come up with a price tag short
of the highest estimates for England's
NHS National Programme for IT

IIt has made the estimate in compiling a report on the programme, published on 16 June 2006.

This contrasts with estimates of about £20bn from some sources, but is well
above the levels previously stated by Connecting for
(CfH), the agency in charge of running the programme.

The NPfIT is due to cost between £6.2bn and £31bn according to some reports,
but the NHS is facing funding pressures. The survey's results also come against
the backdrop of a 28-hour failure of the NHS data spine – the backbone of the

The Medix
brought responses from 1,329 doctors – about 1.5% of the total in England.
Only 1% of those who responded rated progress in the NPfIT as good or
excellent. Seventy five per cent of GPs and 63% of other doctors rated progress
as poor or unacceptable.

We now know for the first time that the £6.2bn
announced as the cost of the project over 10 years is wrong. NAO analysis
indicates that this is only half the story and that a figure of £12.4bn is
nearer the mark. And the NHS Care Records Service, making information about
patients available nationally to clinicians, will be rolled out in GPs'
surgeries two years late.


And planning to share your data even more….

Drawn up by the ICT for Health Unit, the European Commission
Recommendation is directed at achieving a European health
information space by the end of 2015. The consultation document suggests that
rising healthcare costs and the increasing cross-border dimension of
healthcare, brought about by greater citizen mobility, now makes the need for
cooperative action “indispensable”. 
But at what cost. 

The recommendation also invites member states to consider
what needs to be done on the political,
legal, organisational
, application and technical fronts to join up systems.

While accepting that the activities outlined may also be
relevant to high priority applications like e-prescribing, the document warns
that interoperability in this area may involve additional “regulatory, infrastructural and market



We don’t want this shite. We just want our tax money spent
on Health Care, drugs, nurses and the ordinary things that matter.

Do you feel a database state coming on. Can you see the rise of Joe Stalin all over again….. 

NuLab – Destroying Britain
from the inside out.


About IanPJ

Ian Parker-Joseph, former Leader of the Libertarian Party UK, who currently heads PDPS Internet Hosting and the Personal Deed Poll Services company, has been an IT industry professional for over 20 years, providing Business Consulting, Programme and Project Management, specialising in the recovery of Projects that have failed in a process driven world. Ian’s experience is not limited to the UK, and he has successfully delivered projects in the Middle East, Africa, US, Russia, Poland, France and Germany. Working within different cultures, Ian has occupied high profile roles within multi-nationals such as Nortel and Cable & Wireless. These experiences have given Ian an excellent insight into world events, and the way that they can shape our own national future. His extensive overseas experiences have made him all too aware of how the UK interacts with its near neighbours, its place in the Commonwealth, and how our nation fits into the wider world. He is determined to rebuild many of the friendships and commercial relationships with other nations that have been sadly neglected over the years, and would like to see greater energy and food security in these countries, for the benefit of all. Ian is a vocal advocate of small government, individual freedom, low taxation and a minimum of regulation. Ian believes deeply and passionately in freedom and independence in all areas of life, and is now bringing his professional experiences to bear in the world of politics.
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