Rot at Health Facilities Regulatory Agency; Auditors recommend sanctions

Rot at Health Facilities Regulatory Agency; Auditors recommend sanctions



Auditors have recommended sanctions against registrar of Health Facilities Regulatory Agency, Dr Sylvia Addy for various acts of financial indiscipline.

They say the unrestrained activities of the Registrar could result in the collapse of the agency if remedial steps are not taken.

An internal audit at the HEFRA between January 2015 and November 2016 revealed various issues of underhand dealings by Dr Addy.

The Agency was inaugurated in 2015 by former Health Minister, Alex Segbefia to regulate the public and private health care facilities to enhance a healthy population.

The 10-member Council overseeing the Agency is chaired by Felix Anyah with members from the Public Health Facility, National Health Insurance Authority, Ministry of Health, Attorney-General’s Department and Pharmaceutical Society of Ghana.

However, few months after the Council’s inauguration, its leadership has come under intense pressure for acts that critics say might compromise its functions.

There have been cases of people being handpicked for key positions in the Agency while ignoring permanent staff.

The audit report says the repeated act of filling positions with cronies has led to an unauthorized employment and payment of GHC16,800 as salaries to these staff.

Dr Addy has been accused of misappropriating GHC23,650 which was revenues collected and used without first being deposited into the Agency’s accounts.

The report says the failure to retrieve the money from the Registrar could lead to a loss of revenue for which reason the Auditors are demanding a refund.

She has also been asked to refund GHC16,059.20 which the Auditors say was taken out of the Agency’s account.

The report reveals this happened after she took the accounting function of the agency by raising payment vouchers, writing cheques and sometimes collecting revenue as well as disbursing petty cash.

Related to this, the Auditors are recommending investigations into the use of the accountant’s signature to prepare a payment voucher for the withdrawal of some GHC1,800.

The Auditors in some instances are recommending Police and BNI interventions to save the organisation.

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