04/26/2016 12:32 EDT | Updated 04/27/2017 01:12 EDT

Nova Scotia slow to follow auditor general's recommendations made in 2012, 2013

HALIFAX — Nova Scotia's auditor general says the province hasn't made much progress in carrying out recommendations made by his office in 2012 and 2013.

A report released today says the current rate of carrying out the office's recommendations is 60 per cent, just two per cent higher than last year.

Michael Pickup says not following up poses risks to the public in areas such as monitoring the abuse of prescription drugs and the control over personal health information.

Pickup says that problem was highlighted when charges were laid against a Nova Scotia doctor in February for drug trafficking.

Police accused Dr. Sarah Dawn Jones of prescribing 50,000 pills to a hospital patient who never received them.

The report says five departments have implemented less than 50 per cent of the office's recommendations.

The Canadian Press