NHS data is worth billions – but who should have access to it?

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Tech and drug firms including Google parent Alphabet want to use records of 65 million people

The NHS is a valuable national asset – and not just in terms of the lives it saves.

Last week the tensions between the health service’s role as a collective national endeavour and its potential as a source of private sector profit flared again, following a characteristically blunt intervention from the US president. Donald Trump’s claim, later retracted, that the NHS would be “on the table” in US-UK trade talks underlined the organisation’s enduring appeal to the private sector.

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