Stories by Tash Shifrin

UK politician attacks 'malfunctioning' NHS IT program

Conservative Party leader David Cameron has attacked the government over its £12.4 billion (US$25 billion) NHS National Programme for IT (NPfIT), claiming that ministers had "fallen for the sales patter" of IT suppliers and consultants.

Emails confirm attempt to save money behind huge leak

Emails released by the National Audit Office have confirmed that officials at HM Revenue and Customs did not want to remove sensitive information from child benefit data sent toauditors because this would cost extra.

ICO pushes to criminalise data leaks

Criminal charges for data security breaches such as that at HM Revenue and Customs could be brought against both organisations and individuals, if new laws proposed by the data protection watchdog are introduced.

IT warned of harsher economic times ahead

IT leaders need to prepare for changed business priorities as the economic climate is going to get harsher, the head of Gartner's global research, Peter Sondergaard, has warned.

UK government may sue EDS over compensation shortfall

HMRC is considering court action against IT services contractor EDS over the level of compensation EDS has so far paid under a controversial deal which linked compensation payments arising from EDS's failures in supporting the tax credits scheme to future government contracts.

British farmer payment system faces budget blow-out

A powerful committee of MPs has savaged the UK Rural Payments Agency’s disastrous implementation of the Single Payment Scheme for farmers, warning that the failed £122 million (NZ$346 million) IT project could yet cost up to £500 million.

British MPs question health-data analytics deal

UK Members of Parliament have slammed a £12 million (NZ$34.5 million) “backroom deal” with private company Dr Foster to set up a joint venture firm analysing National Health Service data and providing operational intelligence to healthcare organisations.

UK government left IT costs out of Olympics bid

The British government failed to include IT systems for its Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) in its costing for the 2012 Olympics — and did not budget for them until 16 months after the games were awarded to London.

UK tax office admits IT system needs work

HM Revenue and Customs has admitted there is "more to be done" to provide a quality service after auditors revealed up to five million people could be paying the wrong income tax because of IT problems at the department.

Sale of iSoft to IBA is back on

Troubled UK National Health Service (NHS) software supplier iSoft has signalled that its £140 million (NZ$368 million) sale to Australian software company IBA is back on the cards, following "constructive" talks with lead contractor CSC.