In his report releases this morning, Auditor General John Noseworthy took the provincial government to task on items such as the rehiring of retired teachers without their pension benefits being suspended, and for its management of diabetes in the province.
Noseworthy said that the province is the worst in Canada for diabetes prevalence, and the province also has the most unhealthy diet.
Faced with those challenges, Noseworthy said that government does not have a chronic disease prevention and management strategy, and 33 per cent of doctors are not keeping statistics on diabetes diagnosis.
In the realm of provincial fisheries enforcement, Noseworthy said that there is a lack of organization when it comes to doing inspections.
Officers are doing almost the same number of inspections on cod as they are for shrimp, despite the fact that shrimp accounts for more than five times the landings compared to cod.
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In his report, Noseworthy said he was pleased that the government has been listening to what he has to say. About 89 per cent of his recommendations from 2004 and 2008 have been acted upon.
Noseworthy released his annual report this morning for the year ending March 31, 2010.
The 530-page document examines a broad range of topics, including teacher pensions, contaminated sites, ambulance services, disabilities in the province and fisheries compliance and enforcement.
The full report can be found at http://www.ag.gov.nl.ca/ag/annualReports.htm
More details to follow on the website and full coverage in Thursday’s Telegram.