Volume Ten 2013 focusing on Health

Auditor-General's Report to Parliament

18 December 2013


Most health entities did not meet budgets


In 2012-13, ten of the seventeen local health districts and specialty networks did not meet their net cost of services budgets. The largest overruns were recorded by Northern Sydney ($32.4 million), Western Sydney ($23.2 million), Western NSW ($18.9 million), South Eastern Sydney ($13.6 million) and Murrumbidgee ($8.0 million) local health districts.

The main reasons for the budget overruns were higher than projected in-patient activity, higher than budgeted visiting medical officer expenses and increased bad debt write offs.

In 2012-13, eight local health districts received a total of $133 million in additional cash from the Ministry of Health, up from $73.4 million in 2011-12. The extra cash helped these local health districts manage their financial position and ensure timely supplier payments.

Further information

Barry Underwood, Executive Officer, on 9275 7220 or  0403 073 664; and email barry.underwood@audit.nsw.gov.au.

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