Procurement process for National Immunisation Solution

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From: Tess

Dear Ministry of Health,

I would like to receive all officials emails, notes, communications and documents related to the public procurement and decision making process for the technology vendor of the new National Immunisation Solution that was referred to by Loretta on Radio New Zealand today. She described this as being different to the technology platform to the Covid immunisation register/module that is already being built and will be ready on 1 March to manage the Covid vaccination process.

I would also like to receive any documentation that describes the decision making process for the National Immunisation Solution, including the business case that was sent to Cabinet in October 2020. The newspaper referenced investment of $23m on top of an already $15m invested.

In the news in July and August 2020, reference was made to $23m being invested in a new immunisation register. Was this decision made by the Ministry of Health, before Cabinet made their decision?

Yours faithfully,

Tess Daley

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Kia ora

Thank you for your email dated 25 January 2021 requesting the following
information under the Official Information Act 1982:

"I would like to receive all officials emails, notes, communications and
documents related to the public procurement and decision making process
for the technology vendor of the new National Immunisation Solution that
was referred to by Loretta on Radio New Zealand today. She described this
as being different to the technology platform to the Covid immunisation
register/module that is already being built and will be ready on 1 March
to manage the Covid vaccination process.

I would also like to receive any documentation that describes the decision
making process for the National Immunisation Solution, including the
business case that was sent to Cabinet in October 2020. The newspaper
referenced investment of $23m on top of an already $15m invested.

In the news in July and August 2020, reference was made to $23m being
invested in a new immunisation register. Was this decision made by the
Ministry of Health, before Cabinet made their decision?"

The Ministry's reference number for your request is: H202100369.

As required under the Act we will endeavour to respond to your request no
later than 23 February 2021, being 20 working days after the day your
request was received.  

If we are unable to respond to your request within this time frame, we
will notify you of an extension of that time frame.

If you have any queries related to this request, please do not hesitate to
get in touch.
 
Nga mihi

OIA Services
Government Services
Office of the Director-General
Ministry of Health
E: [email address]
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Kia ora Tess Daley
Thank you for your request for official information, received on 25
January 2021 for:
"I would like to receive all officials emails, notes, communications and
documents related to the public procurement and decision making process
for the technology vendor of the new National Immunisation Solution that
was referred to by Loretta on Radio New Zealand today. She described this
as being different to the technology platform to the Covid immunisation
register/module that is already being built and will be ready on 1 March
to manage the Covid vaccination process. I would also like to receive any
documentation that describes the decision making process for the National
Immunisation Solution, including the business case that was sent to
Cabinet in October 2020. The newspaper referenced investment of $23m on
top of an already $15m invested. In the news in July and August 2020,
reference was made to $23m being invested in a new immunisation register.
Was this decision made by the Ministry of Health, before Cabinet made
their decision?"
We are contacting you in accordance with section 18B of the Official
Information Act 1982 (the Act) as your request, as it is currently worded,
is for a very large volume of information. The decision-making process
relating to the National Immunisation Solution has been ongoing for
several years. The second part of your request is likely to be refused
under section 18(f) of the Act as the information requested cannot be made
available without substantial collation or research.
If you were willing to narrow the scope of the second part of your request
to the business case and associated key decision-making documents
(including relevant Cabinet papers), then we we may be able to provide you
with information.
Please respond by 5pm Monday 22 February so that we can consider your
refinement in our response to your request.
We look forward to receiving your response.
Ngā mihi
OIA Services
Government Services
Office of the Director-General
Ministry of Health
E: [email address]

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Kia ora Tess Daley
Thank you for your request for official information, received on 25
January 2021 for:
"I would like to receive all officials emails, notes, communications and
documents related to the public procurement and decision making process
for the technology vendor of the new National Immunisation Solution that
was referred to by Loretta on Radio New Zealand today. She described this
as being different to the technology platform to the Covid immunisation
register/module that is already being built and will be ready on 1 March
to manage the Covid vaccination process. I would also like to receive any
documentation that describes the decision making process for the National
Immunisation Solution, including the business case that was sent to
Cabinet in October 2020. The newspaper referenced investment of $23m on
top of an already $15m invested. In the news in July and August 2020,
reference was made to $23m being invested in a new immunisation register.
Was this decision made by the Ministry of Health, before Cabinet made
their decision?"
The Ministry of Health has decided to extend the period of time available
to respond to your request under section 15A of the Official Information
Act 1982 (the Act) as further research and consultation is required.
You can now expect a response to your request on, or before, 9 March 2021.
You have the right, under section 28 of the Act, to ask the Ombudsman to
review my decision to extend the time available to respond to your
request.
Ngā mihi
OIA Services
Government Services
Office of the Director-General
Ministry of Health
E: [email address]

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Kia ora,

 

Please find attached a letter regarding your request for information.

 

Ngā mihi

 

OIA Services

Government Services

Office of the Director-General

Ministry of Health

E: [email address]

 

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From: Tess

Dear OIA Requests,

Thank you for your response, and for explaining the evaluation of the NIS has been underway for years, and not been related to COVID specifically. You have asked me to narrow my request.
Please provide me with proof the Ministry followed the public procurement process rules, by demonstrating you went to market with a set of requirements, whether you consulted any groups of clinicians, a high level description and timeline of the evaluation process you undertook, and the number of responses you received from the private sector. If you were granted a waiver to go to market, please provide the reasoning. To narrow the search I am seeking all senior management decision making papers, ministerial papers and cabinet papers.

Yours sincerely,

Tess

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