Toby Helm reports:
Data about millions of NHS patients has been sold to US and other international pharmaceutical companies for research, the Observer has learned, raising new fears about America’s growing ambitions to access lucrative parts of the health service after Brexit.
US drugs giants, including Merck, Bristol-Myers Squibb and Eli Lilly, have paid the Department of Health and Social Care, which holds data derived from GPs’ surgeries, for licences costing up to £330,000 each in return for anonymised data to be used for research.
Read more on The Guardian.
And yes, I am aware of reports about Russia being behind the leaking of these documents. But there is also an important question: are the documents accurate/real? If they are, then Russia’s motives aside for now, we need to look at what the documents reveal.