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Governance flaws hamper public sector

In a critical report on public sector performance by the Audit Commission, bad corporate governance has been blamed for many public sector bodies' inability to detect serious failures.

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The report said cases such as the child heart deaths in Bristol and the Oldham riots was due to bad management.

The commission also said the National Health Service was at high financial risk, in spite of billions being allocated for the service. It blamed ‘poor quality information, both about finance and about clinical practice and patient care’ for the problems.

The police service was also given a roasting. The commission cited poor quality data for police authorities inability to agree on operational policies.

The local councils were also criticized for struggling to exercise their ‘scrutiny’ along with the probation service for poor communication with the public.

James Strachan, chairman of the Audit Commission, said confidence was needed in the leadership and management of these organisations to deliver effective services.

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