Tag: National Audit Office
The National Audit Office’s audits of public entities often end up flagging significant concerns about the way they are run, but a performance audit of the Malta Medicines Authority appears to be the exception to the rule.
Three years after a damning audit, the Gozo Ministry is yet to adequately address inefficiency – particularly when it comes to human resources – in the units handling road works, the National Audit Office has found.
The National Audit Office has contradicted a claim Keith Schembri made in an affidavit, stating that it delivered correspondence to him a week before he claimed to have received it.
There was no longer any reason not to rescind the concession on the three public hospitals now that the National Audit Office has reviewed the memorandum of understanding signed before the contract was awarded to Vitals, according to Nationalist Party leader Adrian Delia.
The once-missing memorandum of understanding signed between Vitals Global Healthcare and the government ahead of the controversial hospitals concession has failed to allay any of the numerous concerns raised by the Auditor-General in a damning report earlier this month.
Steward Health Care refused to be drawn into commenting on the damning audit report claiming collusion in the granting of the hospital concession it has since taken over, though it emphasised that the company and the government alike believe the controversial agreement should continue.
The National Audit Office will not publish the memorandum of understanding signed with Vitals Global Healthcare before the company was controversially granted a concession on three public hospitals, arguing that it was neither right nor ethical for it to do so.
“I have no idea, definitely not.”
In the wake of a damning report by the National Audit Office which found evidence of collusion between the government and Vitals ahead of the company being granted a concession on three public hospitals, then-Health Minister Konrad Mizzi insisted that Cabinet was collectively responsible for that deal.
When the National Audit Office conducted a follow up visit, it was not provided with any further direct order approval from the ministry and extension agreements with the service providers.