Dear Highland NHS Board,
From the information provided by the public authority on 10 June 2013, it would appear that the number of residents has substantially increased in the past three financial years.
Can the public authority please provide copies of all the written policies currently in use at the staff accommodation, and copies of all the written policies that were in use in the previous four financial years (i.e. 2009-2010, 2010-2011, 2011-2012, and 2012-2013)?
The public authority says that some information relating to previous years is not available.
Can the public authority please say how long records (any records, financial records in particular) are supposed to be kept for?
The public authority says that internal audits are carried out from time to time. However, from information obtained in previous FoI requests it appears that in recent years the only internal audit carried out at the staff accommodation was made by Deloitte in 2009, and its outcome did not appear of having been very positive.
Can the public authority please say who appoints internal auditors? Are internal auditors completely independent from the public authority? Who decides when internal auditors have to carry out an audit of a particular department – for example, audits of the staff accommodation? Are members of the public allowed to contact internal auditors? Besides internal auditors, are there any other independent bodies that monitor public authorities and their administration of public finances and public properties? Have any of these bodies ever carried out an inspection of the staff accommodation – the financial administration of the staff accommodation in particular? Are members of the public allowed to contact these bodies?
Dear Mr Sabato
Thank you for your FOI request.
I will seek the information you request and respond as soon as I receive it.
This will be within the 20 working days target specified by the Freedom of Information ( Scotland) Act 2002.
Please note if you have any further queries regarding this FOI please email at [NHS Highland request email] quoting the above reference.
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Dear Mr Sabato
In response to your Freedom of Information Request below, please see our responses to each point in turn:
1. Please find attached various policies as requested. Previous copies are not retained.
2. Please find below a link to a document that outlines the retention schedules for NHS records parts 7 & 8: http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Publications/...
a. The appointment of Internal Auditors is done through a tendering process every 4 years and the final appointment is approved by NHS Highland Board
b. Yes, Internal Auditors are independent of NHS Highland
c. An annual programme of audit is approved each year. However there is flexibility in year to instruct new or additional audits at the request of our Audit Committee
d. Members of the public are not able to contact the Internal Auditors directly, however if there was sufficient concern raised via the complaints process, an audit may be carried out, but this would be in exceptional circumstances.
e. In addition to our Internal Auditors we have External Auditors who are appointed to carry out specific pieces of work relating to areas such as Annual Accounts or other areas specified by the Scottish Government, these tend to be on a nation wide basis. Audit Scotland carry out this work for NHS Highland.
I hope this information is helpful. If you are unhappy with my response, I am very happy to discuss this with you further. Alternatively you have the right to ask for a review through making a formal complaint, about the way in which I have dealt with your request for information, by writing to the Chief Executive, c/o The Complaints Team, NHS Highland, PO BOX 5713 Inverness, IV1 9AQ or via email at [email address] . If you remain dissatisfied following the investigation of your complaint, then you have the right to appeal to the Scottish Information Commissioner within 6 months of the date of receiving a response to your complaint.
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