Government plans database to connect every citizen record

The government has proposed a central database that will link together the information it holds on people across Whitehall departments.

The government has proposed a central database that will link together the information it holds on people across Whitehall departments.

Plans for the new database are expected to be announced by Tony Blair later today.

The government has yet to confirm whether the database will be a single repository for all the currently information held by other citizen databases or whether it will simply index the information held on other systems.

The plan follows last week’s publication of the government’s Transformational Government annual report. The report said that identity cards would underpin the delivery of shared services to the public.

The new database is being announced at a time when plans to roll out electronic patient record systems to NHS trusts remain uncertain.

But work and pensiosn secretary John Hutton has denied that IT problems could create similar problems for the database.

Speaking on Radio 4’s Today programme this morning, he said that the IT work needed for the database “is not the issue”.

Hutton added, “It’s simply not true to say that government IT does not work. Government IT does work.”

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