HSE apologises for breach as registration for free GP care begins

16 Jun 2015

The HSE has apologised after people were able to see another person's application for free GP care for under 6s.

The HSE has apologised for a web glitch that occurred last night that meant people were able to see at least one person’s application for GP care for under-6s.

The glitch occurred shortly before Health Minister Leo Varadkar officially launched the registration system for the new Free GP Care for Children Under 6 initiative, which comes into effect on 1 July.

From this summer, and for the first time in Ireland, almost 300,000 children will be able to see a GP without paying fees.

A HSE public information campaign on the new service also kicked off today.

But, overnight, the HSE website was shut down after a small number of people saw one individual’s application.

The issue has been resolved and the HSE has apologised to the families concerned.

The HSE website was back up and running at 7am, and the Data Protection Commissioner has been informed of the incident.

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John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years