As cybersecurity experts continue to try to unravel the mess that is the the Health Service Executive’s computer systems, the cost of the ransomware that crippled our health services should be attracting far more attention than it is.
HSE chief executive Paul Reid suggested last week that the attack could cost the service €100 million or more. If previous experience of pubic-service cost forecasts is anything to go by, that estimate could turn out to be significantly higher.
This is in the context of bitter annual budgetary battles for fractions of that amount to help fund various frontline services in health and elsewhere.
It is the price of apathy.