Ruling parties block parliamentary commission on IZIP

The ruling parties on Wednesday blocked an opposition proposal for the lower house to discuss the setting up of a special parliamentary commission which would investigate who is responsible for a bungled electronic health records project (IZIP) that cost taxpayers two billion crowns. The project, launched ten years ago was frequently criticized for lack of transparency and failed to motivate doctors to use it. The government recently voted to scrap it and cut its losses saying that nothing can be salvaged from it. The ruling parties are in favour of a standard investigation by the police.

The health minister is now outlining conditions for a tender on a new electronic health records project that would link up a complex system of already existing data bases run by hospitals, GPs and specialists.