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14 November 2019

Members Statement – Health Services Cyber Security

I want to put on the record my thanks to the staff at hospitals across the south-west region for the enormous job they have done to keep their services running after the recent cyber attack.

I also want to put on the record my condemnation of the Andrews Labor government and the Minister for Health in the other place who have seemingly ignored the calls of hospitals in my region for assistance in an attempt to prevent this attack.

In the Warrnambool Standard on Wednesday, Portland District Health’s health infomatics director, Claire Holt, said the state government knew public hospital security systems were vulnerable to hackers months before it happened.

For the Premier and the minister to say they did all they could to prevent this type of attack is ludicrous; the Victorian Auditor-General’s office warned them in May.

Yesterday the minister stretched the truth by claiming $46 million was in the budget for cyber security. Only $13 million was in this year’s budget for a clinical technology refresh, which included, amongst other things, cyber security, and upgrades to diagnostic imaging, patient management systems and electronic medical records. The minister needs to stop trying to fool the community to cover up her stuff-up.