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Audit finds multiple problems with HSA pharmacy

Audit finds multiple problems with HSA pharmacy

| 17/11/2021 | 61 Comments

(CNS): A catalogue of problems were identified by an audit of the Health Service Authority’s Outpatient Pharmacy Services. With issues such as two failed back-to-back procurement exercises to secure the supply of essential medications and a law that is four decades old with no overarching provision to control the quality and safety of medicines, the […]

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Health ministry needs more staff to manage workload

Health ministry needs more staff to manage workload

| 01/10/2021 | 47 Comments

(CNS): The failure of the Ministry of Health to implement long standing recommendations by the Office of the Auditor General relating to healthcare provision is due to a lack of senior staff, Acting Chief Officer Nellie Pouchie told the Public Accounts Committee on Wednesday.

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Pandemic causes significant drop in FOI requests

Pandemic causes significant drop in FOI requests

| 28/09/2021 | 4 Comments

(CNS): The COVID-19 pandemic had a major impact on the number of freedom of information requests made by members of the public last year, according to the Office of the Ombudsman, which released the statistics to mark International Right to Know Day on Tuesday. The number of requests in 2020 was the lowest ever made […]

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Gov’t paid only lip service to PAC’s reform advice

Gov’t paid only lip service to PAC’s reform advice

| 16/08/2021 | 14 Comments

(CNS): The former chair of the Public Accounts Committee has said that, with the assistance of the auditor general, over the last few years PAC had significant success getting government’s accounts sorted out, but it was much less effective in achieving substantive reform and greater accountability in the area of value for public money.

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Welfare problems neglected for years

Welfare problems neglected for years

| 13/08/2021 | 99 Comments

(CNS): The report released by the Office of the Auditor General yesterday highlights the last government’s neglect of the welfare system throughout its time in office. Over two administrations, the PPM failed to develop appropriate policies, leaving the departments that deal with those in need in a perpetual state of crisis management.

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CIG fails on healthcare and welfare policies

CIG fails on healthcare and welfare policies

| 12/08/2021 | 65 Comments

(CNS): More than six years after the Office of the Auditor General first raised the alarm about the government’s failing social welfare system and almost five years after it warned that the health system was riddled with problems, no policies, plans or strategies have been implemented to address the myriad problems.

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Ministries still failing to report on cash collected

Ministries still failing to report on cash collected

| 26/07/2021 | 39 Comments

(CNS): Two of government’s most senior accountants, Financial Secretary Ken Jefferson and Accountant General Matthew Tibbetts, told Finance Committee Tuesday that work is underway to get each ministry to properly report on the coercive revenue they collect on their own books. Currently, funds that government entities collect from members of the public and businesses appear […]

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Audit found CBC website at risk of cyber attack

Audit found CBC website at risk of cyber attack

| 22/07/2021 | 11 Comments

(CNS): A heavily redacted report by the government’s Internal Audit Service about the vulnerabilities of the Customs and Border Control website said that it needed to be protected from the “growing rise of cyber attack”. While the details of the website’s weaknesses are all blacked out, the remaining text in the report, which was published […]

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Police urged to stop being rude to public

Police urged to stop being rude to public

| 20/07/2021 | 108 Comments

(CNS): The Office of the Ombudsman has urged police officers to treat the public with more respect, because many of the complaints about the RCIPS it is handling are about officers who had been rude to the people they interacted with rather than because they were breaching the rules. In the office’s annual report for […]

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DoA ordered to stop taking personal info

DoA ordered to stop taking personal info

| 13/07/2021 | 26 Comments

(CNS): The Department of Agriculture (DoA) has found itself on the wrong side of the Data Protection Law and is now facing an order from the Office of the Ombudsman to stop taking the personal data it has been collecting from customers without a legal basis and to delete it. Following a complaint last year […]

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CIG still failing on public cash transparency

CIG still failing on public cash transparency

| 21/05/2021 | 42 Comments

(CNS): Government entities have not yet published more than one quarter of the financial reports outlining how they spent public money over the four year period, 2015–16 to 2019, covered in the latest report by Auditor General Sue Winspear. Despite significant improvement in government accounting, in many areas there is still a lack of transparency, […]

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