US data tech company with CIA links to roll out software to 30 NHS hospital trusts

The Financial Times reports that Palantir, the controversial data analytics group best known for its ties to USA defence and security industries, is rolling out software across the NHS to help reduce the backlog of 6million patients waiting for elective care.

“The US company’s data processing technology will be spread across 30 hospital trusts — bodies that organise healthcare in regions across the country —cut huge NHS waiting lists that were already bad before the coronavirus pandemic (due to sustained underfunding of the NHS, years of hospital cuts and lack of an effective NHS workforce plan) and now stand at around 6million patients.  

“The rollout comes after a recent pilot of Palantir’s Foundry system at the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital Trust helped reduce the inpatient waiting list by 28 per cent — the equivalent of tens of thousands of patients — for all non-emergency surgeries, including for cancer treatments.”

https://www.palantir.com/newsroom/media/financial-times-palantir-technology-to-help-cut-nhs-elective-care-backlog/

If you want to ask your local NHS hospital trust if they are one of the 30 that are deploying Palantir’s software to help cut their elective care waiting lists, here is a list of all NHS acute hospitals .

Update 2 May 2022: Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust have told us they do not use and are not going to be using Palantir’s Foundry data processing system; Update 12 May, Bradford Teaching Hospital Foundation Trust has also confirmed the same. Also Addenbrookes in Cambridge.

Palantir awarded contract in December 2020 to roll out software packages to 30 NHS hospital trusts

In December 2020 NHS Arden and Greater East Midlands Commissioning Support Unit awarded Palantir a £23m contract for a license to use its Data Management Platform Services. The licence runs out in December 2022. The buyer was the National Health Service Commissioning Board (more commonly known as NHS England) and the National Health Service Trust Development Authority. According to the Financial Times, this licence covers the rollout of the Foundry software packages to the 30 NHS hospital trusts.

CK999 has reported elsewhere on Palantir’s work supporting the CIA’s counterinsurgency and intelligence operations in Iraq and Afghanistan and immigrant rights group Mijente’s criticism of the company in 2019 for assisting US Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s brutal regime of deportations. 

NHS and private health care providers’ organisation praises Palantir and British Army for success of Covid-19 vaccination programme

According to the NHS Confederation, a membership organisation for NHS and private health care providers, Palantir has been crucial to the success of the rollout of the Covid-19 vaccination in England. In an NHS Confederation report “supported” by Palantir, Professor Sir Chris Ham – an adviser to Carnall Farrar and a board member at New Local – appears to support the notion that it was it was Palantir’s Foundry system and the British Army that were responsible for the success of the c19 vaccination programme. 

The NHS Confederation/Palantir sponsored report, “Governing the health and care system in England – Creating conditions for success”, seems to propose that reliance on Palantir-engineered big data together with organisational reform modelled on the US army’s reorganisation in response to terrorism  are to define the future NHS, as run by statutory Integrated Care Systems once the Health and Care Bill becomes law.

Key planning data to come from Voluntary and Community Sector organisations

Key planning data to feed the fragmented NHS machine is to arise from local communities via Voluntary and Community Sector organisations (as promoted by New Local):

(“The partnerships that make up Integrated Care Systems should draw on intelligence about the diverse populations served and harness community power in discharging their functions.”)

The whole shebang is to be based on “the primacy of leadership behaviour and cultures”, as according to Chris Ham, the NHS is currently over-regulated.

This is the same Chris Ham who in 1997 advocated the use of the term “integrated care” as “alternative terminology… for the key principles of managed care”, in order to avoid “negative impressions of market-focused imports from the US…”

4 comments

  1. Hi Jenny, Do you have the direct link for this? Chris Ham in 1997 It doesn’t seem to be working for me. Thank you! Sumitra in CA

    On Wed, Mar 9, 2022 at 8:18 AM Calderdale and Kirklees 999 Call for the NHS wrote:

    > Green__Jenny posted: ” The Financial Times reports that Palantir, the > controversial data analytics group best known for its ties to USA defence > and security industries, is rolling out software across the NHS to help > reduce the backlog of 6million patients waiting for elective ” >

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