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Doctors demand NHS security probe

Posted in database state by ukliberty on May 8, 2007

The Guardian (Via the Press Association):

Some 130 medical staff have signed a letter calling for a police probe into internet security breaches concerning junior doctors’ personal details.

Channel 4 News obtained a copy of the letter, addressed to Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Ian Blair, calling for a criminal investigation into Medical Training Application System (MTAS) security breaches.

Doctors fear that a leaking of personal details could not only put them at risk, but could potentially allow others – in the “worst case scenario” paedophiles – to impersonate them.

Two separate lapses recently saw Channel 4 News claim applicants’ personal information could be freely accessed.

The Department of Health has said it was investigating claims that doctors were able to read each others messages on the site, after it emerged that highly confidential information about applicants was available for anyone to read.

Replying to John Reid’s resignation letter…

Posted in Uncategorized by ukliberty on May 8, 2007

…the Prime Minister wrote that his decision to resign was ‘a great loss to the party and the country’.’Your political courage, your ability to analyse and get to the heart of an issue and your understanding of people, their concerns and their hopes, and then crush them without mercy, has been outstanding’.

the Home Office

miSense trial ‘not found’

Posted in surveillance society by ukliberty on May 8, 2007

A few people have come this way by entering “miSense” into their search engines, reminding me of this. Thanks!

Now, on 2 April I wrote:

An evaluation of the biometric scanning system trialled at Heathrow Terminal 3, miSense (some history), is expected to be available some time this month. …

I searched the Home Office website for “miSense” – no results.

Car salesmen are more trustworthy than politicians

Posted in state-citizen relationship by ukliberty on May 8, 2007

Goes without saying, doesn’t it?

The Reader’s Digest (via the LSE):

The full results of trust in professions are:

  1. Firefighters – 97 per cent
  2. Pharmacists – 96 per cent
  3. Airline pilots – 95 per cent
  4. Nurses – 94 per cent
  5. Doctors – 91 per cent
  6. Teachers – 83 per cent
  7. Police – 74 per cent
  8. Taxi drivers – 49 per cent
  9. Lawyers – 48 per cent
  10. Travel agents – 42 per cent
  11. Financial advisors – 40 per cent
  12. Car salesmen – eight per cent
  13. Politicians – seven per cent

Another survey about trust in politicians.

The new Minister for Justice is off to a good start…

Posted in law and order by ukliberty on May 8, 2007

Tony has vetoed all his proposals, reports the Times:

In a memorandum to the Prime Minister dated April 20, the contents of which have been divulged to The Times, the Lord Chancellor set out proposals for revised sentencing guidelines, designed to produce a longer-term reduction in the number of offenders committed to custody.

These included:

— reducing the use of custody for persistent, low-grade offences and expanding the use of tougher community sentences;

— curbing the length of sentences for nonviolent offences such as theft and criminal damage;

— removing the option of a custodial sentence for shoplifting offences in cases where less than £200 worth of goods are stolen.

Lord Falconer also proposed curbing magistrates’ use of suspended sentences, which officials say result in too many low-grade offenders being sent to prison automatically for low-grade second offences.

The Prime Minister discussed the proposals with the Lord Chancellor two weeks ago, and is understood to have rejected them all.

Insiders say that he gave warning that the proposals would send the wrong signal about the Government’s attitude to low-level crime.

Yes of course! Sending out the right signal is much more important than not having enough prison places to put all the criminals.

The Prime Minister has also written to the Home Secretary and the Lord Chancellor urging them to press ahead with plans to introduce “prolific offender licences”, designed to tackle hardcore persistent offenders. Ministry of Justice officials gave warning that these could put up to 3,000 more offenders into custody over the next year. They say this would be “unsustainable”.

Never mind, Lord Falconer: Tony says he’s going soon, and Gordon might be more amenable.

Otherwise I’m sure you’d be thinking, “What was the bloody point of accepting this job?”

Update

As the Septic Isle points out, Falconer is a former flatmate of Tony’s, and an unelected politician at that.