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July 7, 1951


JAMA. 1951;146(10):955. doi:10.1001/jama.1951.03670100075026

Health Service Finance.  —In his annual report for 1949-1950, Sir Frank Tribe, Comptroller and Auditor General, complains of the delay by the Ministry of Health in conveying to hospital authorities comments made by the auditors which "suggested irregularity or inadequate control of expenditure" (Brit. M. J. supp., May 12, 1951). The Ministry explained that these delays were due to pressure of work and certain other difficulties and has arranged for their more prompt attention in the future. Sir Frank Tribe also found that some hospital authorities had not adjusted or had declined to adjust excessive salaries when requested by the Ministry to do so, while in other hospitals defects have been found in the arrangements for paying wages or salaries. The Ministry told the comptroller that it relied on departmental auditors to draw attention to defects of this kind, but it proposed to include the subject in a general financial

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