AUDITOR-GENERAL FINDS HEALTH FINANCIAL REPORTS MANIPULATED TO MISLEAD

An Auditor-General’s report released today has uncovered major failings including the manipulation of health financial reports in order to mislead, Shadow Minister for Health and Leader of the Opposition Jeremy Hanson said today.

“The Auditor General’s report Calvary and Public Hospital Financial and Performance Reporting and Management highlights inappropriate financial practices regarding the ‘recording and reporting of the finances of the public hospital services by Calvary Health Care’. Almost $9 million was falsely reported in 2013-14,” Mr Hanson said.

“The Auditor-Generals reports states:

“It’s is incumbent on the ACT Health Directorate, as the party ultimately responsible for the management of the delivery of public hospital services, to take a strong leadership role. This was lacking in 2013-14” Pg 2

“There was manipulation of financial and other reports in order to mislead” Pg 3

“In 2013-14 communication between the ACT Health Directorate and Calvary Health Care ACT Ltd was inadequate to effectively implement the Calvary Network Agreement. There was a lack of adherence to agreed communication protocols” Pg 5

“This report is a damning indictment on ACT Health’s ability to manage public hospital services in the ACT.

“Unfortunately we continue to witness poor management and a causal approach to the spending of public money from this Labor government,” Mr Hanson concluded.