The NWRHA responds to Duke’s allegation of fraud

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The NWRHA responds to Duke’s allegation of fraud

The North West Regional Health Authority (NWRHA) has responded to the claims of fraud made by PSA President Watson Duke.

In a Facebook video post on Monday, Duke claimed that a large sum of money has gone missing at the NWRHA and that the Authority has allowed persons to make off with said money.
He also claimed that the NWRHA is unable to find the cash to pay employees their pensions.

However, in a statement on Tuesday evening, the NWRHA claims a financial audit was conducted in July 2020, which revealed that unauthorized incremental overtime payments totalling less than $50,000 were made to one employee over a six month period.

This, it said, prompted further investigation with the employees in question being suspended in accordance with its Conduct Regulations.
As a result, the authority said additional measures were implemented to strengthen the efficiency of financial management and associated procedures.

The NWRHA further added that it has been actively processing all outstanding employee increments within the last two years and that the majority of employees have been placed at their correct incremental point as at 2019.

The release noted that the NWRHA continues to permanently appoint employees on a gradual basis, with a major exercise occurring three years ago, wherein approximately 400 persons were granted permanency.
It said permanent exercises continue on a phased basis, relative to the availability of funding.