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Money wasted on PPARS would have paid for over 136,000 medical cards for full year - Ó Caoláin

6 July, 2007


Commenting on the final abandonment of the failed PPARS system by the Health Service Executive, Sinn Féin Health spokesperson Caoimhghin Ó Caoláin said the money wasted on it could have provided medical card services for tens of thousands of people.

Deputy Ó Caoláin said today, "The decision of the HSE to abandon the roll-out of the failed PPARs system is the final nail in the coffin of one of the most bungled initiatives in the history of Government in this country. The bill for this now virtually useless system rose from the original estimate of &euro9.1 million to &euro130 million when it was suspended in November 2005. This project has enriched consultants and others with no resultant savings or greater efficiencies for the health services. On the contrary, the bungled system set back progress towards more integrated health services.

"Successive Ministers for Health and Children must accept responsibility for this fiasco.

"The &euro130,000,000 wasted on PPARS would have paid for medical card services for over 136,000 people for a full year. Before the 2002 General Election the Government promised to extend medical cards to a further 200,000 people. They duly broke that promise as they continued to allow public money to be poured down the drain, enriching private businesses while public patients suffered." ENDS

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