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NHS Digital - for UK residents

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Allan Report 9 Jun 2021 23:50

There is an assumption in Government Organisations, at all levels, that everyone has access to the internet either via home connections or by smartphones.

Certainly this is the case in Oz where there is talk of the Feds issuing an electronic vaccine certificate for Covid Vaccinations via its website 'MyGov' to which you have to be linked. This would be downloaded onto smartphones

There is talk of such a certificate being used by pubs and clubs to refuse admission to people who can't show such a certificate.

There has been absolutely no talk of a paper certificate.

So it would seem that no smartphone no access to certain venues and other forms of discriminatory behaviour :-|


maggiewinchester Report 9 Jun 2021 18:05

Oh, good! Thank you Von :-D

I wonder how people without the internet cope?


Von Report 9 Jun 2021 16:24

Forms filled in now :-D

Maggie you can have a form sent to you ;-) ;-)


JoyLouise Report 9 Jun 2021 15:01

I've run two copies off (for OH and for me) so thank you Rollo. :-D


RolloTheRed Report 9 Jun 2021 14:51

In a nutshell if you are happy with the NHS moving towards a US healthcare-as-a-business dump-unprofitable-patients model sign up. If not then don't.

UK.Gov printer related crashes can be avoided (most of the time ) by printing to .PDF format. The PDF handler MUST be Adobe and not one of the browsers and especially not older versions of Firefox. The .PDF file can then be saved to a USB stick and printed off somewhere with a live printer such as a library assuming one is open somewhere near.

Even if you have a working printer print to .PDF and then print the file using Adobe is far less likely to crash.

When a session on a Windows computer crashes a .dmp (dump) file will be generated. These are of course useful for technical support but are also rich pickings for hackers.

Disable memorty dumps in Windows 10
Open System Properties > Advanced tab > Startup and Recovery settings. Under System failure, select Disable automatic deletion of memory dumps when disk space is low option, click OK and exit

A more complete set of options is here:


maggiewinchester Report 9 Jun 2021 14:09

The website had crashed?
Seems par for the course for any Government set-up! :-D :-D

They either crash, or aren't fit for purpose :-|


RolloTheRed Report 9 Jun 2021 14:07

Although the data is anonymised when sent to third parties for medical research the NHS retains access to the data keys for its normal health operations. Given that it is govt policy to outsource more and more of the NHS ( while keeping the NHS logo) and sell data sets for research ( and marketing ) it is impossible to say just where access to the keys will end up.

Further the NHS has a very poor record as to keeping patient data safe. This is not because of staff incompetence (far from it ) but unrealistic budgets set by the Treasury. This has forced the ongoing use of obsolete software ( eg Windows XP) and lack of staff training - far too many IT staff start from a position of trusting the other party when the opposite is safer.

This is a taster of the wolves that the NHS bunnies are up against.
It is rather like hatching time on SpringWatch.


Von Report 9 Jun 2021 13:36

Exactly Maggie it will take up to 1st September to get it in the post at this rate.

The One show highlighted the process when the original cut off date was 23rd June.

At the end of the show they came back to say the website had crashed. :-0 :-0 :-| :-| :-|


maggiewinchester Report 9 Jun 2021 13:04

Von, you'd almost think it was designed to be awkward, wouldn't you?

Then there's the link where you have to print it off and post it.
During a pandemic, when libraries have limited hours, so those, like me whose printers have decided to die, risk spending money on bus fares to turn up at a closed library, :-|


Von Report 9 Jun 2021 11:46

It is the devils own job to get details onto the website to start the opt out process. :-| :-| :-|


maggiewinchester Report 9 Jun 2021 09:16

This has now been delayed until 1st September.


RolloTheRed Report 7 Jun 2021 01:39

The NHS Digital are having another bite of the cherry for collecting all patient data into one big database. There has been precious little publicity and information on the project. Nevertheless all those who don't opt out will be default be opted in. Big US pharma companies are expected oto be early customers.