FINANCE: The Audit Commission’s annual audit of Great Western Ambulance Service highlighted two serious weaknesses in reporting.

The auditor found invoices amounting to £192,000 recorded in the wrong year and two orders for the purchase of ambulances dated 31 March 2010 amounting to
£330,000 which had not been approved by the appropriate officer and followed only single quotations.

Apart from the two weaknesses the auditor concluded the financial statements “gave a true and fair view” of the trust’s financial affairs. In terms of value for money the auditor found the trust had adequate arrangements to secure economy, efficiency and effectiveness in the use of resources, except in relation to data quality.

The annual audit letter states: “The arrangements for data quality did not meet minimum standards in relation to published performance information and in reporting the results to board members.”