South Australia Shadow Minister for Health Martin Hamilton-Smith
Health Minister Gets It Wrong Again On Oracle
Victor P Taffa
Minister Hill has had to seek to leave in Parliament this morning to correct wrong information he gave the house concerning the implementation of the floundering Oracle IT system, which has seen financial misadministration and a multimillion dollar blow out.
“The Health Minister made statements to Parliament on the 29th of March that was simply not true. Now he has had to correct the gaffe, highlighting the fact he is not across his brief.” Shadow Minister for Health Martin Hamilton-Smith said.
“The Auditor-General has criticized the Minister for not taking a business case to Cabinet and for misstating the implementation costs for the Oracle financial system which has led to double payment of bills, unreconciled accounts and financial confusion across the portfolio requiring a multi-million dollar bail out. There has been inadequate management oversight.”
Minister Hill was asked questions last week about his lack of managerial attention to the introduction of the IT system and he wrongly replied:
“Oracle is a system which is used by most, if not all, government agencies other than Health. It is pretty well rolled out right across South Australian government agencies.”
But today, he has had to interrupt other business with a Ministerial statement which admits:
“Oracle is not, I am now advised, generally used in other departments in South Australia.”
“Yet again, the Health Minister got it completely and absolutely wrong. He is not across his brief on this expensive Oracle IT program and his attention to detail is poor.” Mr. Hamilton-Smith said.
“As a result, the Minister has had to divert Health funding from frontline services to put together a group of highly paid bureaucrats under Mr. Steve Archer at a cost of $10 Million over four years this mess is of his own making.
“Questions now arise about this Minister’s ability to successfully implement other IT systems in Health, like the $408 Million Enterprise Patient Administration System (EPAS).”