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IT dispute at Beaumont Hospital raises major questions about the management of our health services

9 June, 2005

Commenting on the dispute at Beaumont Hospital over management plans to change the current computer system, local Sinn Féin Councillor, Larry O'Toole who has seen the correspondence between the Chief Executive of the Hospital and the IT Manager has said it "raises major questions about the management of our health services."

Speaking today Councillor O'Toole said, "Here we have the Chief Executive of Beaumont Hospital making a decision to change the computer system in the hospital against the strong advice of the IT Project Manager. It is believed that up to €2 million would have to be spent on the system changeover that the IT Project Manager states is unnecessary.

"I find it worrying that the hospital management is taking such a decision when it is advised that there are other IT priorities needed to improve delivery for patients. It is stated in the correspondence that this move would stave off investment where it is truly needed, including electronic support for medicine management.

"This raises major questions about the management of our health services. It comes just a week after the latest candidate for the head of the HSE pulled out. Meanwhile in Beaumont Hospital itself the Accident and Emergency unit is overflowing with patients lying on trolleys and chairs, for some days, and not enough beds in the hospital to take seriously ill patients. ENDS

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