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Identity Cards

Health written question – answered on 29th June 2005.

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Photo of Edward Garnier Edward Garnier Shadow Minister (Home Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate she has made of the cost of equipping NHS premises with identity card readers.

Photo of Jane Kennedy Jane Kennedy Minister of State, Department of Health

As part of the broader Home Office-led identification cards programme, the Department is considering the costs and benefits of using ID cards within the national health service, including the cost of card readers. No decisions on the deployment, and hence the costs, of such readers have been made.

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Frederick Hause
Posted on 1 Jul 2005 9:38 am (Report this annotation)

The cost of the ID cards is one thing.

ALL departments will need
a) readers
b) new business processes for reading them, storing them (or not storing them), security, etc
c) back processes if the readers do not work or if the power goes off.
d) back up processes in the event of lost cards
e) alternative processes for overseas visitors, tourists etc
f) additional training for staff
g) additional and changed software to accomodate the ID number in databases. The biggest cost here would normally be the security aspects of this software (but we suspect that Bliar and his totalitarian cronies dont REALLY care about that)

The costs SKYROCKET. This is a government's cost nightmare (or a software developers paradise - maybe one of this government's "preferred" cronies too - no doubt one connected with the Carlyle Group). Hopefully this will bring down the government. A just "reward" for such an obscene attack on freedom.

Julian Todd
Posted on 1 Jul 2005 1:00 pm (Report this annotation)

Er... Don't decisions on deployment somewhat depend on the cost? I think she's got her logic backward.