Which makes this question and answer, highlighted by Dizzy, so absolutely confounding.
Yesterday, Oliver Helad MP asked the Secretary of State for Health, "whether a privacy impact assessment (a) has been produced and (b) is planned for the NHS spine project." In an amazing moment of honesty, Carline Flint said, "No. We do not believe that such an assessment would serve any useful purpose at this stage of the project".
Are these people completely mental? Hello! Any politicians reading these ramblings? Are you completely fucking mental or what? (Answers in the comments, please.)
Oh, and while we are about it, can I remind everyone—again—that NHS Scotland already has a working system that cost a mere £24 million over four years. Being browser-based, it has no need for computer upgrades and no proprietory terminal-based software. So why have NHS England and Wales gone with that
Might I also remind you that your details will automatically be stored on the NHS Spine unless you request, in writing, that your GP withhold your details.
Given that the Spine, should it actually ever work, is obviously going to be a security fucking nightmare, I foresee record profits for the Royal Mail this year...