Health dept tightens finance control

2010-09-22 20:33

Johannesburg - In an effort to achieve a clean audit this financial year, financial controls in the Gauteng department of health and social development will be strengthened, the department said on Wednesday.

"(We are) implementing short-term interventions that include among others, asset management, supply chain management, payroll management, budget planning and expenditure monitoring," said spokesperson Mandla Sidu.

On the issue of procurement and contracts the department would maintain, update and review a register of financial interests so as to safeguard the conduct of officials of the department and the interests of the department.

To reduce expenditure the department would be limiting overtime and would recruit "competent and skilled financial managers and (train) existing ones".

Additionally, all managers would be encouraged to attend change management courses and enforce strict financial controls in their units.

Sidu said the national department of health supported these interventions and has established a provincial support unit to oversee the work.

The department did not get a clean audit last year.