Faulty IT project causing headaches in Poland: report
PR dla Zagranicy
Bosses at Poland’s Central Statistical Office (GUS) have complained they are being flooded with unreliable data after problems with an IT project set up under the previous Civic Platform-led government, the Wprost news magazine has reported.
The largest IT project carried out by the PO-Polish People’s Party (PSL) coalition government, whose eight-year term in power ended following general elections in October, has resulted in a swathe of errors, according to Wprost.
The IT system, introduced last year, has resulted in managers of registry offices complaining that living children are being issued with birth certificates as if they had been born dead, the magazine said.
“As a result of the implementation of the new system there has been a dramatic deterioration in the quality of the data received concerning births, marriages and deaths, and internal and international migration," Wprost quoted Halina Dmochowska, currently vice president of the Central Statistical Office, as saying in correspondence with a senior official.
Wprost described the IT system as “so bad that the government, the Central Statistical Office and all of us have lost reliable data about the state of the nation.” It added: “The consequences are difficult to predict.”
In a swingeing report to parliament that was criticized by the opposition, Prime Minister Beata Szydło said in May that Poland’s previous government wasted PLN 340 billion of taxpayers’ money.