The Health Service Executive has formally announced the decision to abandon the Ppars computer system. The decision effectively had been made in 2005 when the chief executive decided to suspend its âroll-outâ?.
The reasons are very clear; it was budgeted to cost â¬9 million but has cost â¬176.8 million to date.
It had been known for some time that it was a black hole for public money.
By way of spin the HSE says the âinvestmentâ? in computers will remain. (Bad luck, Mr. Dell ).
Is this, as it appears, a typical case of cost overrun? (What does that mean?)
Did the HSE keep changing the specification?
Did the contract for the purchase and supply of the system provide for the allocation of liability in the event of what has happened, happening?
If it did not, why did it not?
Who drafted the terms of the contract?
Who approved the terms of the contract?
Do those individuals, if they are not part of the supplier or the HSE, have adequate professional indemnity insurance?
NOTE: nothing in this post is intended to suggest that any person or firm connected with the Ppars project has acted wrongfully and any such seeming implication is abjured.