Foss and Tremain ask for Auditor-General to intervene

Craig Foss MP: HB DHB – Auditor General

Craig Foss and Chris Tremain have written to the Auditor-General Kevin Brady;

6 March 2008 Parliament Buildings

Mr Kevin Brady
Auditor General
PO Box 3928

Dear Sir
We represent the electorates of Tukituki and Napier. The Hawke?s Bay District Health Board operates across these electorates.
You will be aware that the Minister of Health sacked the Hawke?s Bay District Health Board (HBDHB) on Wednesday, 27th February 2008.
We understand that your office has been observing the Ministry of Health?s investigation into possible conflicts of interest by members of the Hawke?s Bay District Health Board. We also presume you are aware of recent media reports of possible collusion between management and potential service providers.
It is imperative that you consider committing to an urgent, full and thorough review and investigation of all matters that have contributed to and led to the sacking of the HBDHB. Your current “watching brief” of the Ministry of Health investigation should be extended. We are very concerned that the current Ministry of Health investigation may interpret its terms of reference very narrowly, and therefore will not be a full, wide and thorough examination of all events leading to the boards sacking.
You will be aware of issues regarding the conception, formation and execution of the HBDHB community services contract and the Wellcare contract and possible legal action due to secret recordings of meetings.
You will recall Craig Foss raising the HBDHB situation with you at Parliament?s Finance and Expenditure Committee. We also note that your work programme for 2008-09 includes an examination of the tendering and procurement processes relating to non-Government organisations in the health sector.
Sir, only a full and thorough investigation and report back, of all the matters leading to and surrounding this unfortunate situation will demonstrate to the public that public funds have been treated prudently and that systems, controls and checks are in place and utilised to minimise any risk to tax payers.
We look forward to your response.