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Audit of management practices in the Portuguese Institute of Oncology of Lisbon, in the Portuguese Institute of Oncology of Coimbra and in Portuguese Institute of Oncology of Oporto

Audit Id 1445453957919
Title Audit of management practices in the Portuguese Institute of Oncology of Lisbon, in the Portuguese Institute of Oncology of Coimbra and in Portuguese Institute of Oncology of Oporto
Title in original language

Auditoria às práticas de gestão no Instituto Português de Oncologia de Lisboa, no Instituto Português de Oncologia de Coimbra e no Instituto Português de Oncologia do Porto

Portuguese

Year 2012
Subject

Health and Social Care (incl. Welfare Benefits)

Type

Performance

Type of performance

Performed by single SAI

Comments It is a Value for Money audit to the management practices in the three Oncology Institutes. The Court detected that the Porto Oncology Institute (POI) improperly invoiced the National Health Service Oral chemotherapy (€ 64.7 million) during the 2008-2011 period, and negotiated with the North Regional Health Authority, PI, targets for Surgical in-patient hospital care production far short of its installed capacity and effectively carried out. The intent was to guarantee the payment to of all its activity performed, thereby maximizing POI profit (in 2009, around € 11 million), but without adding any value to the National Health Service, which allowed it to finance investments in its production structure that had no parallel in other institutes. The Court concluded that the POI results could not be used for comparative assessment of Oncology Institutes economic and financial performance and that any decision that had been taken on the basis of performance in terms of net income or others should be annulled because the POI results did not correspond to reality. The Court recommended that the Government should ensure that the POI returns to the National Health Service budget the amounts improperly received by irregular invoicing conducted, in order to ensure the equitable distribution of the NHS budget funds. This recommendation was accepted by the Government which led to the recovery of amounts improperly received.
Country

Portugal

Materials

Audit report

Portuguese

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Contact
Tribunal de Contas of Portugal
DAVI@tcontas.pt
http://www.tcontas.pt/
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