Assessment of Audit Internal Control Practices in the Eastern Regional Hospital, Koforidua

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This study assesses audit internal control practices in the Eastern Regional Hospital in Koforidua with the aim of improving efficiency in the performance of the hospital. This was achieved by determining the internal control practices at Regional Hospital, the problems associated with the internal control practices and the staff perception on the internal audit department on internal control systems. A cross sectional descriptive survey employing quantitative methods of data collection and analysis was used for the study. Primary sources of data collections were used and these were done through the use of questionnaires which were both open and closed ended questions. A total of ninety two (92) questions were administered to the staff of the hospital using the stratified sampling method where each department was taken as a starter and sample drawn proportionally from them. The data collected were presented using tables and analysed using percentages. A major finding of the study is that, the main problems affecting internal control at the hospital are inadequate audit staff, inadequate logistics and intimidation and interference from staff. It was recommended that management should recruit more audit staff and provide the logistics needed for effective internal control practices at the hospital.
A Thesis submitted to the Institute of Distance Learning, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Commonwealth Executive Masters of Business Administration,