I had some contact from the Opposition today.
The gist was as follows.
1. We all know Queensland Liberal Senator Sue Boyce, has been a prominent critic of NEHTA and the Government’s bungling on its e-health program – and has been keen to get at the truth on these matters.
2. It seems she has been told that NEHTA officers will not be attending the Senate Estimates Committee next Thursday (June 3) and face close questioning about what they have been doing with millions of dollars of taxpayers’ money, because it is a private company and not part of the Department of Health and Ageing.
3. We know DoHA boss Jane Halton, is a member of the company Board, and so she will be expected to answer all NEHTA questions – which means anything of any detail and substance will have to go on notice.
4. This means government spin doctors will be able to take their time to massage the replies which may not even surface this side of the election.
Given NEHTA wants to get some legislation passed by the Senate and wants to be involved in the new funding for e-Health this seems rather like refusing public accountability is administering a ‘bullet to the foot’.
If they don’t front we will know they have some major issues to hide!
Please understand my blogs key 3rd objective is to get accountability from NEHTA. They now know they need to do better in this regard as at least the Opposition has noticed just how un-accountable they are!
“The third, sadly, is now to try and force accountability for the actions of, and the funds spent, by NEHTA.”
Making sure they are at the Senate Estimates hearings is vital if NEHTA wishes to survive Pty Ltd Company or not!
I will take help from anyone to get some accountability. I am totally non-partisan on all this – I just want disclosure and honesty – as has been a theme of the blog since 2006.