Tuesday, 8 February 2011

Scottish Ombudsman faces scrutiny calls

Campaigners are calling on MSPs to reject the reappointment of the man in charge of investigating complaints into public services.

A group called Integrity4Scotland wants to delay confirmation of Scottish Public Services Ombudsman Jim Martin’s position until a review is carried out into cases which it claims were not properly scrutinised.

MSPs will consider the reappointment on Thursday – the day after a Holyrood committee is due to discuss eight petitions all calling for an independent review of the ombudsman’s office to make it “more accountable”.

My comment: All Public Service Ombudsmen should be open to public scrutiny every year. In addition their work should be independently audited.

Read the full story from the source News.scotsman.com

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