Saturday, April 09, 2005

UK Government hides spending on IT!

Executives in Health Trusts throughout the UK have been asked to decline requests for information on contracts worth billions awarded by the National Programme for IT in the NHS (NPfIT).

The government have instructed (advised) them to suppress information about failure of contractual obligations, timetables, revising contracts, changing delivery requirement, allowing stakeholders in the program's (NHS Employees) to understand what the software would be able to do and when it would be delivered.

This is shocking considering the main piece of software is booking system. For £5 billion pounds you could probably buy Ryanair, keep their software and sell the company on.

These level of opaqueness makes Mugabe look like a Madison Avenue PR firm.

Open information about these things can only raise standards and accountability.
The government is supposed to be the servant of the people and servants cant be going round the house stashing stuff.
Government without personal responsibility is evil.

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