'Scandalous figure': Govt criticised for paying $38m for vaccine software

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Thu, 6 May 2021, 8:45PM
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'Scandalous figure': Govt criticised for paying $38m for vaccine software

Author
Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Thu, 6 May 2021, 8:45PM

Orion Health chief executive's unhappy with the Ministry of Health's procurement process for a new software system to manage vaccines, including the Covid-19 programme.

Ian McCrae's laid a complain with the Auditor-General and the Ombudsman after $38 million was allocated to a consortium of companies, including Salesforce and Amazon.

They've been asked to create a new vaccine management system, which would replace the one created by Orion.

McCrae told Heather du Plessis-Allan that's a scandalous figure and they could've done it for much cheaper.

"We would've quoted $50,00 to configure the current system, and then we would have had $1-2 million of extra functionality, and we would've been totally live today."

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