Au­di­tor gen­eral to probe books, prac­tices of IWK

Truro Daily News - - PROVINCE - HAL­I­FAX

Nova Sco­tia’s au­di­tor gen­eral is pass­ing along records to the po­lice and open­ing his own in­ves­ti­ga­tion into op­er­a­tions of At­lantic Canada’s largest chil­dren’s hos­pi­tal af­ter an ex­pense scan­dal in­volv­ing its top ex­ec­u­tive be­came pub­lic.

Tracy Kitch, for­mer CEO of the Izaak Wal­ton Kil­lam Health Cen­tre, re­signed last month af­ter an in­de­pen­dent re­view said she owed more than $22,000 for “po­ten­tially per­sonal” ex­penses charged to her cor­po­rate credit card.

In ad­di­tion, the hos­pi­tal’s chief fi­nan­cial of­fi­cer has taken a paid leave of ab­sence since the re­view was com­pleted of ex­pense claims be­tween Au­gust 2014 and June of this year.

In a state­ment, au­di­tor gen­eral Michael Pickup an­nounced Tues­day that he in­tends to con­duct fi­nan­cial and per­for­mance au­dits of the IWK’s books and prac­tices.

Pickup said he is “gravely con­cerned with the in­ef­fec­tive­ness of fi­nan­cial con­trols and lack of rigor in fi­nan­cial man­age­ment” at the hos­pi­tal.

Pickup says the IWK will turn over to po­lice any in­for­ma­tion re­lated to the for­mer CEO’s ex­penses for “con­sid­er­a­tion on any pos­si­ble le­gal mat­ters.”

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