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Season’s Greetings December 24, 2010

Posted by Audit Monkey in The Joy & Pain of Internal Audit, Working Life in Britain.
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So, the pagan festival of Christmas, hijacked by the forces of consumerism is nearly upon us. I wish the avid readers of the blog, a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

My new year’s resolution will be to avoid as much auditing as possible. Fat chance as no doubt, many hours will be spent reading, re-reading and reviewing procedures, then recommending in the absence of procedures, these are written. If procedures notes are available, I will recommend that they be enhanced. As long as I’m handsomely rewarded, I suppose I shouldn’t complain.

Season’s Greetings,

Audit Monkey

“Have You Got Documented Procedures?” April 26, 2010

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The politics posts on the Blog are going down like a lead balloon so time to revert to good old-fashioned auditing.

Those in the know will recognise the title of this post; it is the first question the auditor will rattle off at the start of the interview with the auditee to ascertain how a process or system works. Inevitably the answer is “yes”, or “yes but they require updating” or “sorry, guv’, can’t be doing with’em”. (Well, I exaggerate, no-one has said the latter but a bit of honesty once in a while would be refreshing).

I always find asking this question rather laborious as it will often result in the standard audit recommendation that “procedures are drafted, updated, etc”. Job done.
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Rules Are Rules February 28, 2010

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I have been trying to write this post for a couple of weeks now. Hopefully tonight’s attempt will prove fruitful.

The Times (11 Feb 2010) carried an article by Melanie Reid regarding the suicide of a medical records supervisor by the name of Brian Gilfillan in the NHS. The circumstances are quite tragic and his death was possbily avoidable.

A brief synopsis. Mr.Gilfillan was responsible for ensuring that there was sufficient stationery and patient information leaflets available in his department in NHS Fife. Orders were authorised (signed off) by a supervisor, in this case by one Anne Starkie. In Mrs.Starkie’s absence, Mr.Gilfillan authorised the orders but he signed Mrs.Starkie’s signature in order to facilitate the process.
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