Loss of Confidential NHS Correspondence

Shadow Secretary of State for Health, Jonathan Ashworth, is to ask an Urgent Question in the House of Commons on the loss of confidential NHS correspondence by NHS Shared Business Services.

The issue has been covered extensively in the press- according to The Guardian

Thousands of patients are feared to have been harmed after the NHS lost more than half a million pieces of confidential medical correspondence, including test results and treatment plans.

In one of the biggest losses of sensitive clinical information in the NHS’s 69-year history, more than 500,000 pieces of patient data sent between GPs and hospitals went undelivered over the five years from 2011 to 2016.

The mislaid documents, which range from screening results to blood tests to diagnoses, failed to reach their intended recipients because the company meant to ensure their delivery mistakenly stored them in a warehouse.

The Urgent Question is expected at 3.30pm, following the conclusion of Oral Questions to the Communities and Local Government Department.

Timings are approximate as Parliamentary business is subject to change.

Future Foreign Policy – competition

We’ve been sent some information from Future Foreign Policy about a competition they are running for researchers under thirty.

After the seismic political events of 2016, the United Kingdom’s role in the world is shifting. Fresh thinking – and a credible voice for young people – is needed more than ever.

Future Foreign Policy, the first International Affairs Think Tank dedicated to giving young people a credible voice on the global stage, is pleased to announce the launch of our national foreign policy hacking competition, Future United. Future United will bring together young people from across the UK, connecting them with decision makers, technologists, innovators, social entrepreneurs and industry experts to discuss and examine a credible vision of the UK’s future place in the world.

Unlike other foreign policy competitions, Future United aims to not just generate new ideas but, by facilitating cross-sector collaboration, to kickstart action with concrete strategies for government, business, civil society and other institutions. In a series of workshops and events throughout the year, Future Foreign Policy will bring young people with together with a range of experts to develop new policy ideas across three themes, Future Trade, Future Security and Future Democracy.

These themes have been selected on the basis of their prominence in the debate surrounding the UK’s future relationships with the world. Each event, held in central London, will foster a collaborative environment where new ideas and opportunities are developed alongside industry experts and innovators to provide exciting yet credible visions for the future of international collaboration.

By creating a competitive competition with excellent ideas, we hope to redefine the way young people, experts, decision makers, technology innovators and social entrepreneurs can disrupt, innovate and collaborate to create a better world.

We are looking for the very best researchers in all fields under 30 to apply to join the competition, to form research teams and come up with some of the best new ideas around UK leadership on the global stage.

http://www.futureforeignpolicy.com/futureunited .

Closing Date: 6 March 2017

Applications will be assessed on an ongoing basis until the 6th March and if selected you will be invited along to the first event on the 31st March / 1st April. To apply you should follow the link and complete the form by 6th March, answering the following question in 300 words.


Propose how two or more sectors of society (e.g. government, civil society, the private sector, NGOs, SMEs, trade unions etc.) can collaborate to further UK global leadership in one of the three areas of International Trade, International Security and International Democracy?

You should ideally focus on the potential of emerging technology such as artificial intelligence, Blockchain, IoT or Virtual Reality.