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Thursday, September 08, 2011
Looks Like A Leaking Campaign Is Underway From Queensland Health’s IT Division. At Least E-Health Is Getting Discussed Up North!
Two leaks in
two days seems to be a bit of a trend one would have to say.
Here is the
Mark McArdle MP
Minister for Health
Leaked audit slams health IT systems
Labor Government’s attempts to downplay problems with Queensland Health’s IT
program have been blown apart by a freshly leaked independent audit report.
partial Queensland Audit Office report “ICT Governance Queensland Health
2010/11” follows the State Opposition yesterday releasing a secret risk report
card that warns IT problems were spreading from health payroll to patients.
Parliament today, the LNP tabled the leaked audit report which found:
·Queensland Health did not know the full ICT
spending across its portfolio and was therefore in breach of the Bligh Labor
Government’s own IT planning standards
·ICT Risk Management was inadequate for a
department of Queensland Health’s size
·There was no robust and independent oversight of
the ICT program
·As of August 2010, the ICT Portfolio Risk
Register contained just two risk entries – (the most current version tabled in
State Parliament yesterday contained seven entries with major to extreme
·Queensland Health’s ICT program was in breach of
‘Principle 3’ of the Bligh Government’s own ‘ICT Resources Strategy Planning
(IS2)’ planning standard
Minister for Health Mark McArdle said the audit was yet another report sounding
alarm bells over the Bligh Labor Government’s management of health IT systems.
for Anna Bligh and Geoff Wilson to come clean over the systemic waste and
mismanagement that has been allowed to fester in Queensland Health,” said Mr
Parliament, the Premier failed to ease fears that the Department is not
complying with the QAO recommendations.
confirms Queensland Health have got it wrong from day one,” said Mr McArdle.
has admitted that even the most basic risk management strategies had not been
in place while the government spent over $300 million on ehealth since 2007 and
wasted $220 million to fix the health payroll system.”
today, the Health Minister said he expected recommendations by independent
bodies such as the QAO to be fully implemented, yet the leaked report showed
the department rejected the QAO’s recommendations for more robust and
department is clearly ignoring any proper oversight - and it is clear Geoff
Wilson has totally lost control of Queensland Health,” said Mr McArdle.
is hundreds of millions of dollars have been wasted fixing up Labor’s health
payroll debacle, hundreds of millions of dollars more will need to be spent to
ensure patients’ records are accurate and this new report raises more questions
over Labor’s IT processes.”
said there was an embedded culture of waste, mismanagement, and denial within
Queensland Health under Labor.
Lucas and Geoff Wilson are culpable for Queensland Health’s multiple IT
deficiencies yet the Anna Bligh continually refuses to hold any Minister
accountable,” he said.
“The LNP will
be open and accountable. We’ll save you money and deliver more by getting
action on the basics and cutting waste.”