A provincial advocacy group is shocked after the results of an audit on the spending authority of the Interior Health Authority.
The 2016 audit, obtained by NL News through Freedom of Information, cites moderate to high risk findings including limited controls over third party web based purchasing programs, 19 million dollars during the 2014-15 fiscal year, and the portals are not being used in accordance with the police and internal controls.
Dermod Travis of Integrity B.C says, there are several red flags raised and very clear alarm bells.
“There was not sufficient supervision over spending authority and decisions made on these purchasing sites.”
The Corporate Director of Financial Services for the IHA Darold Sturgeon.
“Controls are operating adequately. No incidents of abuse were found so those were important findings back in 2015.”
The report also noted a small number of employees have the authority to approve purchases which could result in improper purchases without detection.
The complete investigation can be heard on today’s edition of the Jim Harrison show, https://soundcloud.com/user-965676831/iha-audit-may-14