ID Cards are being discussed on the pilots forum Pprune.
'nhs' has posted this:
>>About 6 months ago many NHS smartcards expired without warning.
Major problem as without this there would have been no hope of meeting gov targets.
I was then allocated permission to renew the card for people where I work. To do that they gave me permissions to the system which would have allowed me to change data on every single card in the uk system !!<<
Link to thread:
http://www.pprune.org/forums/showthread ... 353&page=2