IT dis­as­ter re­peat is loom­ing say MSPS

The Scotsman - - News Digest - By SCOTT MACNAB

Fears over the prospect an­other multi-mil­lion Scottish Gov­ern­ment IT blun­der have been raised by MSPS af­ter a string of re­cent costly fail­ures.

A clear chain of com­mand must be set out among civil ser­vants han­dling IT sys­tems across the pub­lic sec­tor, Holy­rood’s pub­lic au­dit com­mit­tee had warned.

“The re­cent string of IT fail­ures clearly demon­strates that there is a sig­nif­i­cant prob­lem for the Scottish Gov­ern­ment and other pub­lic bod­ies to ad­dress,” com­mit­tee con­venor Jackie Bail­lie said.

“With this in mind, the Scottish Gov­ern­ment must be clear about who is ul­ti­mately ac­count­able for the de­liv­ery of IT projects.”

Re­cent high-pro­file IT fail­ures have in­cluded the dis­as­trous £117 mil­lion NHS 24 sys­tem, as well as the £46m Po­lice Scot­land over­haul. Hun­dreds of farm­ers were also left wait­ing for EU sub­si­dies af­ter the CAP Fu­tures re­form of the pay­ment sys­tem floun­dered.

But there is still con­fu­sion over who is “ul­ti­mately re­spon­si­ble” and the com­mit­tee now wants clear lines of ac­count­abil­ity to re­build trust.

“The loss to the pub­lic purse and loss of pub­lic con­fi­dence has been sub­stan­tial,” Ms Bail­lie said.

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