12/04/2012 11:10 EST | Updated 02/03/2013 05:12 EST

New Brunswick auditor general finds conflicts of interest in e-health contracts

FREDERICTON - New Brunswick's auditor general says there were numerous cases of conflict of interest in e-health contracts that were awarded between 2005 and 2011.

Kim MacPherson says the Health Department contracted consultants who managed their own contracts and could access competitor information.

She says the consultants were part of project evaluation committees who recommended which consultants got work.

In her annual report released today, MacPherson also says the government did not comply with its own procurement policy in 57 of the 289 e-health development contracts signed between 2005 and last year.

MacPherson says in some cases, the work contracted to consultants could have been by department staff at a lower cost.