Stewart Dickson MLA: “Any malpractice or mismanagement of such large sums of money is completely unacceptable. As the pressure on resources increases, we cannot have any circumstances where money is being wasted. It is vitally important that all Departments ensure that they get value for money for every pound they spend.
“The Health Minister has indicated that his Department and the Northern Trust have already begun work based on this report, however it is important that all 72 recommendations are fully implemented to prevent any future malpractice.
“I would like to pay tribute to the whistle-blowers whose information led to this investigation. Providing information in these circumstances is not an easy task, but it is the right thing to do. We have had a number of important whistle-blowing cases in recent years, and I would urge Ministers to ensure that there are protections in place to encourage others to come forward.”