NCAHS books under scrutiny

THE Auditor-General is calling for a review into the North Coast Area Health Service's special purpose and trust funds, amid claims that records are not being maintained and money is being transferred without approval.

In his report to Parliament, Auditor-General Peter Achterstraat called on NCAHS to review all special purpose and trust funds (SP&T) to confirm their intended purpose.

“Transfers from SP&T funds to the general fund account were made and subsequently reversed ... without appropriate consultation with network managers responsible for expending these funds,” Mr Achterstraat said. He said SP&T funds ledger accounts lacked the necessary detail 'to indicate the purpose to which the money may be applied'.

“In some cases these funds have been there for a long time and the Department is not clear what they can be used for, and some funds have been used to subsidise over-expenditure in other areas.”



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