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The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of Parliament recommends an audit of the Ministry of Finance on health funds

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  The Public Accounts Committee PAC of Parliament the Central Government has recommended a forensic audit at the Ministry of Finance Planning and Economic Development MoFPED on the release of surplus funds to health facilities This was stated in the committee s report in the report of the Auditor General of the health sector for the financial year 2020 2021 that was presented during the plenary session on Tuesday September 20 2022 The president of the committee Hon Medard Sseggona cited the Lira Regional Referral Hospital case in which he said the hospital submitted tip estimates of Shs138 204 004 but MoFPED sent Shs638 938 448 Similarly Mubende hospital reported an unspent balance of 2 15 billion shs attributing it to MoFPED s allocation of pension funds and gratuities in excess of ballot requirements Sseggona said He said sending funds above what health facilities require is to blame for insufficient absorption by most health facilities The committee notes that remitting more funds than required by the entity not only distorts budget planning but also deprives other deserving entities that fail to implement their plans as a result of inadequate funding Sseggona said The committee also criticized MoFPED for delaying the release of funds for the construction of 150 housing units for staff at Mulago Hospital This forced beneficiaries to alternative accommodation at commercial market prices which is costly and inconvenient affecting service delivery the report reads According to the Auditor General construction of the housing units was expected to start in June 2020 and be completed in June 2023 at a cost of Shs30 billion The accountant informed the committee that the delay was due to the inability of the government to provide funds for the project within the contractual time and that the funds have since been provided Sseggona said The committee recommended that management follow up with the contractor to ensure work is expedited as funds have been budgeted The committee further called for the expansion of the Kawempe National Referral Hospital to address the challenge of congestion The government must find money to acquire land next to the Kawempe National Referral Hospital through compulsory acquisition for facility expansion as a way to combat congestion that has the risk of spreading communicable diseases and also affects service delivery Sseggon said Vice President Thomas Tayebwa who adjourned discussion of the report until Tuesday September 27 2022 urged the Health Committee to review the report as it focuses on the health sector
The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of Parliament recommends an audit of the Ministry of Finance on health funds

1 The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of Parliament, the Central Government, has recommended a forensic audit at the Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development (MoFPED) on the release of surplus funds to health facilities.

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2 This was stated in the committee’s report in the report of the Auditor General of the health sector for the financial year 2020/2021 that was presented during the plenary session on Tuesday, September 20, 2022.

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3 The president of the committee, Hon. Medard Sseggona, cited the Lira Regional Referral Hospital case in which he said the hospital submitted tip estimates of Shs138,204,004 but MoFPED sent Shs638,938,448.

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4 “Similarly, Mubende hospital reported an unspent balance of 2.15 billion shs, attributing it to MoFPED’s allocation of pension funds and gratuities in excess of ballot requirements,” Sseggona said.

5 He said sending funds above what health facilities require is to blame for insufficient absorption by most health facilities.

6 “The committee notes that remitting more funds than required by the entity not only distorts budget planning, but also deprives other deserving entities that fail to implement their plans as a result of inadequate funding,” Sseggona said.

7 The committee also criticized MoFPED for delaying the release of funds for the construction of 150 housing units for staff at Mulago Hospital.

8 “This forced beneficiaries to alternative accommodation at commercial market prices, which is costly and inconvenient, affecting service delivery,” the report reads.

9 According to the Auditor General, construction of the housing units was expected to start in June 2020 and be completed in June 2023, at a cost of Shs30 billion.

10 “The accountant informed the committee that the delay was due to the inability of the government to provide funds for the project within the contractual time and that the funds have since been provided,” Sseggona said.

11 The committee recommended that management follow up with the contractor to ensure work is expedited as funds have been budgeted.

12 The committee further called for the expansion of the Kawempe National Referral Hospital, to address the challenge of congestion.

13 “The government must find money to acquire land next to the Kawempe National Referral Hospital through compulsory acquisition for facility expansion as a way to combat congestion that has the risk of spreading communicable diseases and also affects service delivery” Sseggon said.

14 Vice President Thomas Tayebwa, who adjourned discussion of the report until Tuesday, September 27, 2022, urged the Health Committee to review the report as it focuses on the health sector.

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