Not in the public interest: Govt won’t release PCEHR report

The request to obtain the report on the troubled rollout of the $1 billion system – which has been in the health minister’s possession since December – was filed by Australian technology website Delimiter.

A letter rejecting the request said that to release the report under Freedom of Information would expose the analysis of the issues and recommendations within it “prematurely… to scrutiny”, given decisions were still being made.
The failure to release the report has triggered renewed concerns that e-health will be the victim of cuts in the upcoming federal budget.

AMA president and report co-author Dr Steve Hambleton called on the government to release the report, and said he was “very concerned” that momentum had stalled.  

“We need to hear where e-health is going,” he said.