Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Women’s Health & Rural and Regional Health, Margaret Fitzherbert
Daniel Andrews’ attempt as former Health Minister to deliver ICT systems for public health in Victoria was a budget-blowing failure. These botched projects occurred when Daniel Andrews was Parliamentary Secretary for Health (2002-06) and Minister for Health (2007-10). HealthSMART was a botched project and had no business case. Its cost blew out to more than double the original budget from $323 million to at least $800 million and it took more than twice as long as planned starting in 2003 and finally wrapped up in 2012. HealthSMART was never fully accepted or implemented by the public health sector, and the Auditor-General and Ombudsman gave scathing assessments of Daniel Andrews’ bungled project. In government, the Coalition insisted that new hospital ICT systems must have robust business cases, and funded ICT upgrades at a number of public health services. This included $48 million for the new Royal Children’s Hospital, after it emerged that its building project did not include ICT.
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