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Publication - Professor Sheila Ellwood

    The removal of a specialist oversight body for local public audit: insights from the health service in England

    Citation

    Ellwood, SM & Garcia-Lacalle, J, 2013, ‘The removal of a specialist oversight body for local public audit: insights from the health service in England’. Social Science Research Network (SSRN) working paper, pp. 1-31

    Abstract

    The abolition of the Audit Commission in England and Wales removes the ‘protector of the public purse’. The oversight body and its audit practice are largely replaced by the private sector regime and audit firms. We analyse the audit market for health service foundation trusts, an area of local public audit that operates without oversight from the Commission. We find evidence of premiums paid to some Big4 firms and that the presence of specialist public service auditors results in fee discounts. The firms limit their liability and assurance of audit quality is reduced under new audit regimes and governance structures.

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