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Minister needs to state whether he was aware of technical flaw in HSE IT system – O’Reilly

4 August, 2017 - by Louise O'Reilly TD

Speaking this afternoon in light of further revelations regarding the technical flaw in the HSE National Integrated Medical Imaging System (NIMIS), Sinn Féin TD and Health spokesperson Louise O’Reilly has called for the Minister for Health Simon Harris to make a statement outlining when he was made aware of the flaw.

Deputy O’Reilly said:

“In light of the new information that a fix for the computer software flaw that may result in thousands of patients across the State having to have medical tests redone was made available to the HSE last September, the Minister for Health needs to make a statement on when he became aware of this serious issue.

“It is quite alarming that a global fix to this problem was made available last September yet nearly a year on and the issue is only coming to light in Ireland.

“If the Minister for Health and those in the HSE knew of this issue and that a fix was available last September, they need to make statements highlighting what they knew and what they did or did not do to rectify it.

“As I stated, the situation needs to be immediately addressed for patients in conjunction with an investigation into how this happened and if the HSE computer systems are adequate or if further funding is needed to update them to ensure such a problem never happens again.

“In addition, any investigation must focus on what the HSE and the Minister did or did not know, and what they did or did not do to address the issue.” 

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