Southern District Health Board should immediately release a
long-awaited report into the cause of an IT crash that
created havoc in February, Dunedin North MP David Clark says.
Dr Clark, Labour's acting health spokesman, questioned Health
Minister Tony Ryall about the report at a health select
committee hearing in Parliament this week.
He said Mr Ryall indicated there had been significant lessons
from the incident.
Dr Clark said Mr Ryall indicated the lessons would be used to
inform a planned overhaul of hospital IT systems nationally.
Mr Ryall suggested there were implications for Southern
health board members from issues raised in the report, Dr
Mr Ryall reportedly told the committee he would not block the
release of the report, but it was the board's to release.
Dr Clark said the board should release the report without
''I think the public deserves to know what's going on. These
are taxpayer-funded institutions, and there has clearly been
a failure of governance at some level.''
Mr Ryall was also questioned about the state of Dunedin
Hospital, which is awaiting urgent repairs so its surgical
theatres can operate smoothly in all weather without water
Yesterday, the board said the report into the IT outage would
be discussed at next week's board meeting. It is unclear
whether it would be in the open section of the meeting.
In February, the board's IT system crashed for about 36
hours, sending clinicians and other staff members back to pen