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Ó Caoláin - Govt. responsible for €12 million overpayment fiasco

16 January, 2003


ring of the two-tier public-private system.

"In our Pre-Budget submission last November we in Sinn Féin highlighted this waste of €12 million and called for the immediate introduction of electronic patient records and/or unique person identifier numbers. This would reduce inaccuracies in the Health Board/GMS databases and avoid such huge waste of resources. This element of the National Health Strategy should be brought forward as a matter of urgency. Any attempt to delay it because of budgetary restrictions would be totally counter-productive, costing the system dearly in the long run."ENDS

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