Thursday, 27 May 2021
Covid-19 Vaccine Roll-out: Statements
I thank the Deputy for raising this with me. On the situation whereby the medical cards cannot be updated right now, I am discussing it with the Department and we will discuss it with the HSE. My position is that essentially, anyone who has a medical card that needs to be renewed should not have services cut off. We need to roll that access through until they have them renewed. We cannot have people being denied access because of the cyberattack and we will be continuing these conversations. I thank the Deputy for raising it with me.
On the patient data, there is a forensic piece of work going on, server by server, laptop by laptop, to establish what level of data have been taken. As Members will be aware, there were some suggestions that there might be a big dump of sensitive data on Monday. We did not find one but it does not mean nothing is going to happen. The advice I have from the Garda side and the criminal investigation, but also from the technical experts-----