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SA: Healthcare Ministry’s inaction has cost the state nearly one million euros

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUHealthcare Ministry has not taken into account requirements of regulations that govern the return of state budget funds used to educate residents. The ministry has also failed to create an effective mechanism to control the use of said state budget funds.

As a result of this inaction, the number of persons who have failed their education has increased in the past seven years. In addition, the money used to finance education has been lost to the state, as concluded by the State Audit in its latest study.

The volume of funding allocate to the budget ‘Resident education’ programme of Healthcare Ministry was EUR 9,738,547 in 2015, which means a 22% increase in comparison with the year before. Regulations describe in detail the responsibilities of residents and the ministry. For example, residents who have commenced their education prior to August 2011 are obligated to work three years in a healthcare institution after graduating. Residents who have commenced their education in the period between September 2011 and March 2016 are obligated to receive income in Latvia and pay PIT during the five-year period after graduating. If the person does not fulfil his or her duties upon graduation, after being expelled or ending education for reasons out of the education institution’s control, Healthcare Ministry has to make a decision to return the money spent on education of said person back to the state budget.

Over the course of 2009-2015, 817 doctors whose studies were being financed from the state budget graduated from the programme. According to SA, the proportion of people who dropped out is insignificant: 124 people. The number of dropouts also continued to increase – from 4% in 2009 to 20% in 2015.

According to information available to SA, workers of Healthcare Ministry did not turn to dropouts to determine the reasons behind their academic failure. The ministry also took no measures to return the money spent on education of those people back to the state budget.

As a result of the ministry’s inaction, the state suffered losses worth nearly EUR 1 million over the course of seven years.

Furthermore, not all graduates of the programme have fully completed their obligations. According to information from State Audit, 30% of young specialists have failed to fulfil requirements of regulations and their duties.

SA has also uncovered that Healthcare Ministry does not maintain control over compliance with the post-programme requirements among graduates.

«This is yet another example of ineffective management costing the state considerable financial losses,» – comments State Auditor Elita Krumina.

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