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Public Accounts Committee conducts public hearing with Ministry of Health

Public Accounts Committee conducts public hearing with Ministry of Health

In accordance with Section 23 of the Rules of Procedure of the Public Accounts Committee 2015, the PAC conducted the Public Hearing with the Ministry of Health this morning. The public hearing was conducted based on the resolutions of the 6th session of the Second Parliament. The resolution requires the agencies to resolve unresolved audit irregularities pertaining to 2009 to 2013 to Royal Audit Authority latest by 30th of March 2016 and other irregularities to be resolved within 12 months from the date of issue of the audit memo and submit the report to the implementation status to RAA latest by 30th September of each financial year.

The Ministry of Health attended the public hearing with issues on non-deposit of revenue collection by one of its employees in 2012, cost differences in the prices of medical supplies in 2014 amounting to Nu.31.27828 Million and the advances of Nu.31.449 million lying outstanding against officials in 2010.

The Ministry of Health was represented by the Secretary and other senior officials. The Committee raised numerous questions on each of the issue. The Ministry provided detailed clarification on all these issues as well as updated on these issues to the Committee. The Committee recommended the Ministry to work with the relevant agencies to resolve those issues at the earliest. Concluding the event, the Committee expressed satisfaction over the efforts put in by the Ministry in resolving issues as per the resolutions of the Parliament.

Meanwhile, of the six unresolved audit issues with the Ministry between 2009-2013, five have been resolved.

Following this, the Members of the Committee held a press conference on the same issue. More than 40 personnel including Hon Speaker, the Hon Members, media personnel and other officials attended the hearing. The next public hearing is expected to be held on 24th August 2016 with Ministry of Education and Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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