Labor’s latest ICT blowout bill tops $82 million

New data has revealed the cost of Queensland Health’s current information and communications technology (ICT) projects has blown out by more than $82 million.

Information lodged on the State Government’s open data site shows that 64 on-going projects are now forecast to cost taxpayers $82.7 million more than originally expected.

And 30 of the 64 projects are now expected to be completed later than first forecast.

Shadow Health Minister Ros Bates said the Palaszczuk Government was simply incapable to delivering complex projects on time and on budget.

“It’s clear that Annastacia Palaszczuk and Labor have learnt nothing since their health payroll debacle almost a decade ago.

“Labor can’t manage ICT projects and are wasting millions of taxpayers dollars in the process.

“This comes on the back of a damning Auditor-General report earlier this month that showed a $256 million blowout in their digital hospital program.

“As a nurse, it’s so frustrating to see desperately needed money being wasted when it should be spent on providing better public health services for Queenslanders.

“No wonder our hard-working nurses, midwives, doctors and paramedics are stretched to the limit.”

ICT blowout data: https://data.qld.gov.au/dataset/qh-ict-dashboard/resource/9e48f2bd-bcc8-416e-97c5-54c88f7ada39

Auditor-General report: https://www.qao.qld.gov.au/reports-parliament/digitising-public-hospitals

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