02/19/2015 06:55 EST | Updated 04/21/2015 05:59 EDT

Digital health database delays costing millions, says B.C. NDP

Delays to the introduction of a digital health database could cost B.C. $72 million a year, according to Judy Darcy, B.C. NDP health critic, who says, "the project has essentially been put on hold".

Designed to store all Lower Mainland health records online, the $842 million government project has stalled, Darcy says, because the suggested programs were rejected by health authorities.

The site was expected to be live by September 1 of this year.

Health Minister Terry Lake would not say how much the delay may cost.

"This is a complex and very large project that will encounter challenges along the way, like all of these transformative projects," he said during question period.