England starts trial of new COVID-19 contact-tracing app

England’s new, decentralised version of its contact-tracing app will enter its public trial phase today, two months after the previous app was scrapped by Test and Trace programme head Baroness Dido Harding. The new contact-tracing app, based on Google and Read More …

UK: NHS COVID-19 app developers ‘tried to block rival symptom trackers’

NHSX, the health service technology unit responsible for the government’s failed contact-tracing app, attempted to block rival apps to protect its own, hampering efforts to track the early spread of the coronavirus. Developers of several apps were urged to stop Read More …

Academics demand answers from NHS over potential data timebomb ticking inside new UK contact-tracing app

A group of nearly 175 UK academics has criticised the NHS’s planned COVID-19 contact-tracing app for a design choice they say could endanger users by creating a centralised store of sensitive health and travel data about them. In the open Read More …

Soldiers drafted in to help test PPE for nurses at Scottish hospitals

Soldiers have been drafted in to help test personal protective equipment (PPE) for nurses at four hospitals in and around Glasgow. The Scotland-based chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) instructors are helping staff at NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde as Read More …

Ventilator Challenge UK Consortium: Companies now received formal orders from the Government in excess of 10,000 units

A consortium of significant UK industrial, technology and engineering businesses from across the aerospace, automotive and medical sectors, has come together to produce medical ventilators for the UK. The VentilatorChallengeUK Consortium (“the consortium”) is led by Dick Elsy, CEO of Read More …

NHS Digital expands cyber security toolkit with new free services for trusts

NHS organisations will be offered free cyber security services from NHS Digital’s Data Security Centre through a new agreement with Accenture. NHS Digital will provide hospital trusts and other NHS care providers with a range of new perimeter security services Read More …