Thursday, 30 June 2011

Bureaucracy - It’s not just the UK

The Irish Examiner reports that Irish social workers are at loggerheads with the Health Service Executive (HSE) over a new standardisation process for dealing with child protection cases.

Echoing concerns in England about the ICS system, it is said that research indicates that the proposed system in Ireland (The National Child Care Information System Business Process Standardisation Project) would result in “… social workers spending 60%-80% of their time at their desks”.

The system’s purpose is said to be “… to increase the amount of data the HSE has available on children interacting with care services”.

It is sad to hear that the Irish Government seems set to emulate the same mistakes as the British.