NHS Hacked by ISIS

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An NHS website called “Telling Stories” that details patients experiences of illness and treatment has been hacked. The individual or organistation behind the attack calls themselves “Moroccanwolf” and defaced the site with a screed blaming the USA and Israel for the crisis in Syria. Elsewhere on the internet Moroccanwolf claims to be an IS supporter.

Moroccanwolf” appears to be making a habit of hacking into NHS websites, defacing the Moorfields Eye Hospital website earlier this year; begging the question as to how equipped the NHS is to keep sensitive patient data safe. We should ISISt on better security…

Shameless Burnham’s NHS “News Management” Chutzpah

Another stunning lack of self-awareness from Andy Burnham, who has some nerve putting his name to this article in today’s Mirror:

“the Government publishes all the bad news about the NHS on the same day in the hope that it will minimise the negative headlines. It’s a cynical attempt at news management from a Tory Government that knows the NHS is going backwards on their watch. And it shreds Tory claims to be committed to transparency in the NHS.”

“Minimise negative headlines,” you say? “A cynical attempt at news management”. Oh really?

Let’s remember how, as Health Secretary, Burnham and his deputy allegedly told the Care Quality Commission to “tone down” a report into hospital deaths because it would be too “political” before an election. This is from the Guardian’s write up at the time:

“Burnham, then health secretary, had questioned why he had heard “graphic details” about Basildon hospital’s treatment of patients on Sky News before he had been briefed about it in December 2009. The agreed protocol was that his department was told in advance of such reports and CQC officials were told he was “furious” about the breach.

Two months later with an election looming, Burnham’s deputy Mike O’Brien also cautioned the regulator that “anything you do is going to be political whether you intend it to be or not. And of course once we reach March (2010), purdah, whenever that starts, you can’t publish anything”.

Perhaps most damaging is the CQC’s own interpretation of ministerial wishes. Following the meeting with O’Brien a former non-executive director Martin Marshall at the CQC discusses the publication of the 2010 State of Care report, which summarised of the regulator’s findings in health and social care during the year.

In an email to former chief executive Cynthia Bower and her deputy Jill Finney a few months before the 2010 general election, he warns about “the politics”. “It is really important that we get this report absolutely right before sending anything to the department … The DH will go through this with a toothcomb and it is naive to think that they will really only do a factual check”.

Marshall said there was a need to be “careful about language” and suggests “being hard-hitting without presenting critical data will … be more politically acceptable than criticising with evidence”.”

Burnham’s your man for cynical news management to prevent negative NHS headlines…

NHS Un-Appy

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NHS England has been pressured into removing sub-standard apps from their Mental Health Apps Library following accusations that they’re too incompetent to assess the third party applications. The Library which launched in March is supposed to curate a selection of medically sound health apps, but health campaigners have poured scorn on the quality of the apps being promoted by the NHS as viable health solutions. Current apps on the store include Phobia Free which uses “exposure therapy” to overcome arachnophobia, Panic Attack Aid which relieves panic attacks by offering distraction exercises and Depression Calculator which tells you if you are depressed…

After sustained pressure from health charity medConfidential the NHS has removed some of the worst offenders, including Kvetch which offers to help you “share your suffering, and use the power of sick social to get the sympathy you deserve.What a load of crApp…

Boffins: NHS Staff ‘Too Incompetent’ to Digitise

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NHS staff are too dim to implement effective reform to their IT systems, according to the boffins drafted in to overhaul IT at Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. Addressing an event at the Academy of Medical Sciences this week, Fran Cousins and Dr Afzal Chaudhry singled out a lack of competence on the part of senior NHS staff for burdening their hospitals with costly and sub-standard legacy systems.

“I would say the first barrier is a lack of knowledge and understanding… There just aren’t enough people with the capability, competence and knowledge to implement and digitise 250 hospitals across the country”

Envy of the world…

NHS Overpaid by a Massive 920% For IT Products

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The NHS is overpaying for basic IT equipment on an epic scale, in one case splurging out 920% above the trade price for a product. The figure comes from benchmarking organisation KnowledgeBus – after reviewing IT spending across 20 sectors they found the NHS had managed to overpay percentage-wise more than anyone else. Socitm, the professional body that represents those in IT management, state that organisations should never pay more than 3% above the trade price for IT hardware…

Tutting Diane Abbott: ‘Tories Harp On About Mid-Staffs’

In an ITV London health debate last night former Shadow Health Minister Diane Abbott tutted when the Mid-Staffs scandal was mentioned:

When called out by the presenter, she justified her response by claiming that the Tories “always harp on about Mid-Staffs”. Apparently mentioning 1,200 deaths through neglect on Labour’s watch is not allowed, despite their claims to be the party of the NHS…

Domestic Violence: Labour Fans Paint Cameron Strangling Woman on House

This charming mural has been daubed on the side of a house in Filton and Bradley Stoke, South Gloucestershire alongside a placard backing Labour’s candidate Ian Boulton:

It reads “NHS: Safe in his hands?” and shows David Cameron strangling a female nurse:

Another ‘weaponising’ victory in Labour’s ‘NHS Week’.

H/T Bradley Stoke Journal

Labour Weaponising Nurses for Miliband Speech

Labour’s “NHS week” is going well. First, a poll found only 13% of GPs back Miliband. Then Andy Burnham’s big NHS poster launch ended in a gaffe and everyone spent the rest of the day talking about the SNP.

Now Guido can reveal how Labour are cynically stage-managing Miliband’s NHS speech in Manchester this morning. A leaked email from regional party director Anna Hutchinson to the GMB union shows Labour attempting to weaponise nurses ahead of the speech:

From: Anna Hutchinson
Date: 17/04/2015 13:48
Subject: Ed Miliband speech – Tuesday 21st

On Tuesday 21st April, Ed Miliband will deliver a speech on the future of the NHS at the Health faculty at Manchester Metropolitan University… Whilst the majority of the audience will come from the University, a limited number of places are available. If you have members who would like to apply, please ask them to email me direct at xxx@labour.org.uk
 
We would particularly like to welcome those who work in the NHS and would encourage them to wear their uniforms to demonstrate the strong support Labour enjoys amongst health workers.

To think cynics say this election is too stage-managed…

More Fantasy Election Numbers

It’s Labour’s big health day, so Guido was amused to find this leaflet in his inbox over the weekend. Under the Representation of the People Act 1983 it is illegal to knowingly provide false statements on election literature. Just ask […]

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Nigel Farage Was Right About Health Tourism

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Nigel Farage has been round condemned by the commentariat for suggesting that treating foreigners for free on the NHS was not right and that we should, like 46 other countries, not admit foreigners who are HIV positive.

The cost for […]

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Freeman At the Point Of Use

Ed Miliband reassured a concerned member of the public in Huddersfield this morning that he doesn’t use private healthcare. Indeed, apparently he doesn’t know anyone who does:

“Not me and not anyone I know.”

Unfortunately not everyone got the memo. […]

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Jeremy Hunt Slashes NHS Tech Fund

 

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Jeremy Hunt trolled NHS staff at a health conference yesterday by claiming that the millions of pounds slashed from a flagship NHS technology launched to help securely integrate digital record keeping, was not a cut in funding – he […]

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