British Columbia Hansard, March 1, 2016
Judy Darcy, MLA, New Westminster:
Last February, we raised the latest IT failure under this Liberal government — the debacle of the clinical system’s transformation project in Health. This $840 million project had gone off the rails, and the contractor, a little company called IBM, had walked away from it.
Well, in the fine fashion of Liberal failures, this one has become even worse. Sources at Vancouver Coastal Health now tell us that the project will cost another $250 million and go well over a billion dollars. That’s billion with a “b.” These are precious health care dollars that are being squandered at a time when home support for seniors is being cut.
Can the Health Minister tell us if he intends to cut care for seniors even further to pay for his government’s latest computer technology failure?
Terry Lake, MLA, Kamloops-North Thompson:
You know, I’m almost speechless… (non sequiturs follow)
Every time we raise this debacle about the clinical and systems transformation project, the minister acts like everything is just fine or he completely ignores the question, as he did just now.
When IBM walked away last spring, the minister came up with a notable analogy. “This marriage didn’t work out,” the minister said, “but the children are beautiful.”
Well, it seems he was wrong on that score too. Sources now tell us that this project will be delayed to at least October 2017, that it will cost more and it will be scaled back.
So just to be clear, last May in estimates, the minister said the project would still cost $840 million, that it would be delayed for a year but that it would go live in October of 2016. Is that what the minister is still telling this House today?
This is a complex project. No question about it. Blow’d up good, blow’d up real good!”