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PPARS system 'a nightmare'
[Posted: Fri 19/08/2005 www.irishhealth.com]
The controversial PPARS health service payroll system is turning into a 'taxpayer’s nightmare', according to Fine Gael Health Spokesman Dr Liam Twomey.
His comments follow news that the payroll system is set to cost the State at least 231 million euro, which Dr Twomey says is 25 times the original estimate, and the system is four years behind schedule.
The Irish Medical Times has reported that the original cost estimate for the project back in 2002 was 8.8 million euro, but the final cost is likely to be 231 million euro.
It was recently revealed that the system has so far cost the taxpayer around 120 million euro.
Dr Twomey said it was bad enough that the PPARS system has had many technical faults, but it is staggering to learn that it is set to cost the taxpayer a further 100 million euro.
The system has been causing many payroll problems for health agencies since it was introduced on a pilot basis in recent years.
One employee was payed one million euro in error last year.
Recently, irishhealth.com revealed that one of the country's largest hospitals back in June expressed serious concern to the HSE about the PPARS system.
St James's Hospital, which is acting as a PPARS pilot site, said the system had so many flaws that it threatened the hospital's basic functioning, and it should not be extended to the entire health service until these flaws have been sorted out.
|Anonymous Posted: 29/08/2005 14:15|
|The system does not cost and will not cost 230 million euros!!!! Its changing 30 years of bad local and national management (unstandardised HR practices and realigning all those 'local' deals to a national standard), thats where the cost is. Politicians and certain health management should look for the real costs and stop blaming the "IT system"!!!! Thats just the "soft" option when you dont know any better.|
|john(ENI57220) Posted: 14/01/2007 22:30|
|Are you serious you have all these upstarts with big expenses and congratulating each other and nothing to show for it but a system best not mentioned, and now there is the Isoft fiasco. If you wanted to have a national system of work practises that should have being discussed and resolved prior to the systems introduction. Reminds me of headless chickens.|
|Anonymous Posted: 22/05/2007 22:38|
|Who wrote that? And who was the source in St. James' Hospital. The system was fine, its the health service that was flawed! p.s. Enda is useless|
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