Who's Taking Care of Our Health? March 2010
To achieve equitable health services for all, citizens depend on their
public representatives and public bodies. Members of Parliament
(MPs) and the Controller and Auditor General (CAG) have a key role
in ensuring that public funds are used to deliver public services
equitably and efficiently.
Sikika has been monitoring the performance of our key watchdogs in
relation to oversight of the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare
(MoHSW): Parliament, MPs operating in the Social Services
Committee and the CAG. In this brief, we look at the duties of the
principal watchdogs, consider their effectiveness and suggest ways
they could serve us better. We also highlight issues that we think the
Social Services Committee should be addressing in light of the
release of the CAG's report for 2008-09.