Dodgy health data costing ACT millions

The Auditor-General has revealed data integrity in the ACT Health Directorate is inadequate meaning potential losses of up to $3 million in federal funding. This is damning given the data doctoring scandal which embroiled the government in 2012, Leader of the Opposition Jeremy Hanson said today.

“Three years after data doctoring scandal of 2012, ACT Health is still plagued by data integrity issues which demonstrate the government has little interest in fixing the deep running issues inside the Directorate. This ineptitude has cost Canberra taxpayers millions of dollars,” Mr Hanson said.

“The Auditor-General has found:

“Internal controls for the collection of ABF-related (Activity based funding) in both hospitals’…are inadequate to address the relevant data integrity risks. There are insufficient controls to detect missing data, duplication of data and data not recorded in the correct period, or to provide an appropriate level of data integrity over ABF-related data.”

“…the Health Directorate does not have accurate information to plan, manage and report on Non-admitted hospital services.”

“It’s also concerning that ACT Health believes potential losses of $2 to $3 million are minor:

“The material impact of the issues found in relation to Non-admitted services is relatively minor…”

“The Barr government has not learnt from the data integrity issues of the past including the data doctoring scandal of 2012. If they had, they would have fixed any issues. The Barr government is not up to running Canberra’s health system,” Mr Hanson concluded.