Health Secretary must explain NHS 24 failings


Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Jim Hume MSP has called on the Cabinet Secretary for Health to explain how a major NHS IT project was allowed to go so far off track.

Mr Hume was speaking after a report from the Auditor General for Scotland found that the projected cost of technology to boost NHS 24 online and telephone services has risen from £29.6 million to £38 million. The project was due to be completed in 2013 but is now not set to finish until 2015.

Commenting, Mr Hume said:

"On NHS 24, taxpayers face the prospect of paying millions of pounds more than was promised for improvement works that are now years behind schedule. The Health Secretary needs to explain how the government let this crucial project get so far off track.

"The SNP's record on the health service is one of underinvestment, missed treatment targets, bed shortages and now delays and massive overspends on NHS 24. They have let down patients, NHS staff and taxpayers alike.

"While Ministers were busy talking up independence, their mismanagement of our NHS was running down crucial services across Scotland."


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