WalesOnline reports that Cardiff and Vale Health Board has been heavily criticised for “numerous and significant failings” in the way it procured and managed HR contracts. It paid RKC Associates Ltd £290,000 for HR leadership services over 17 months. The Auditor General for Wales finds that it failed to comply with its own procurement requirements when it awarded consultancy contracts in 2014 and 2015 and failed to ensure the integrity of the procurement process that led to an additional contract being awarded in February 2016. These contracts “breached public procurement rules” and exposed the health board to “unnecessary financial and reputational risk” it said. The health board was not able to demonstrate that the contracts were awarded fairly, transparently, lawfully or that they obtained value for money to the taxpayer. The full story can be found on WalesOnline.

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