Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees

Thursday, 23 September 2021

Public Accounts Committee

Financial Statement 2020 and Related Matters: HSE (Resumed)

10:10 am

Mr. Stephen Mulvany:

No, the original date was the first quarter of 2024. Because of the first and third waves of Covid, the cyberattack and planning difficulties, that has been pushed out to quarter 1 of 2025.

I need to mention to members that, in recent weeks, we have been engaging with our external third party, what is called a systems integrator, that is, an expert professional firm which is assisting us with this programme. They have indicated to us that they have difficulties in commercial terms in meeting the contract because it is a fixed price contract. We are exploring with them all the options around how to deal with that. As the Deputy can imagine, it is fairly commercially sensitive. The project continues and is simply suspended in order to stop accruing costs. We have suspended an element of the billed work which they are completing but we are proceeding with the rest of the project, and we are working with them on the various options. Those options may include securing a different systems integrator through a procurement process. Again, we are very mindful that any procurement process will take more time, so we have tasked the team to look at all the options to mitigate any further delay to that quarter 1 of 2025 target of having 80% of the health system, including the voluntary organisations, on a single finance and procurement system. Those negotiations are under way at the moment and, as I said, we are exploring the various options to deal with the issues.


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