Government IT projects face damning criticism.
The controversial government scheme Care.data is ‘unachievable’ according to the Major Projects Authority.
The authority which released its annual report yesterday, went on to say that the programme needed a number of improvements including the need to: "clarify, agree and communicate the programme scope," "appoint a full-time Senior Responsible Owner," and to "approve explicit go/no go criteria."
Although the MPA noted that efforts were underway to address the issues, the report is a damning condemnation of NHS England and the Care.data which was just re-launched this month.
The project has undergone a number of setbacks, with severe criticism from privacy campaigners, patients and GP groups. Concerns have been raised about the lack of publicity regarding the scheme and over security.
The MPA’s decision to give the scheme a red light, indicates that it is ‘unachievable’. Other IT projects to overhaul the IT in the Home Office, Department for Work and Pensions, MOD and the Foreign Office were all rated amber/red on the traffic light system.
The report goes on to give the Universal Credit programme an amber/red rating as well, while the Home Office’s ‘Technology Reset’ received the same rating, despite being launched only a year ago.
Based on the report the Government has a number of serious issues to address with its IT projects.