The Public Accounts Committee is today publishing its report on the Health and Social Services Department’s Integrated Care Records (ICR) programme.
Deputy Tracey Vallois, Chairman of the PAC, said –
‘If there is one key message in PAC’s report it is that serious attention needs to be given to project management across the States of Jersey. Proper business cases need to be written before funds are allocated. Execution needs to improve. When projects conclude, they need to be evaluated so that the organisation can learn lessons.
‘The ICR programme was awarded a £12 million budget back in 2006. Its intention was to digitise and integrate health and social services patient care records. As our report makes clear, the ICR programme concluded without achieving that objective. Moreover, information given to the States Assembly was so poor that States Members may have had little or no idea that the programme came up short.
‘During 2015, we will see Health and Social Services ask for another £12 million to finish the job. If and when that request is made, we urge the States to satisfy themselves that project management standards have improved before allocating any more public money.’
The PAC makes 6 recommendations in its report. These recommendations include calls: for individual Ministers to formally endorse capital programme bids submitted by their departments; for specific improvements in the drafting of business cases; and, for future Medium Term Financial Plans and Budget Statements to summarise precisely what individual capital projects are expected to deliver for the public.
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