MDOs join call for e-health delay

MDA National president Associate Professor Julian Rait said the government had not properly considered the “very serious data security issues” involved because it was trying to rush the system out by its 1 July launch date.

“We think there has been an excessive amount of political pressure put on the people that are doing this without all the proper tests and checks required to do it properly and safely,” he said.

“We would counsel our members to be very cautious about being involved with the system and, until such time as we are satisfied, we would discourage them from using it.”

Professor Rait said he didn’t know how small practices would cope with having to overhaul their data security protocols in order to ensure GPs and staff were adequately protected.

“How can you possibly put the extra cost burden on practices and not pay them anything else for doing this?” he said.