An Assessment of Ethical Procurement Practices in the Health Sector: A Case Study of Sogakope District Hospital.

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November, 2016
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The research study was carried out for the purpose of assessing the status of ethical procurement practices of procurement officers at Sogakope District Hospital based on public procurement roles in achieving value for money. The purposive sampling method was employed by the researcher. A structured questionnaire was used to collect primary data from the respondents. The data was analyzed by using descriptive statistics, relative importance index and mean score ranking. Public procurement and supply chain officers and other staff made of various departments were employed for the study.The main objective of this study was to assess the ethical practices of public procurement practices at Sogakope District Hospital.Based on the data obtained from 25 members of staff made up of procurement practitioners and other staff members, the result showed that the Sogakope District Hospital complied with Public Procurement Act and Disposal Regulations on ethical issues, by preparation/ implementation of procurement plans annually. ‘Inadequate training Programmes on ethical procurement practice’ as well as unequal opportunities to practitioners are the major challenges to procurement practitioners at Sogakope District Hospital, as it was ranked highest among the factors identified. Therefore, it was recommended that, there should be regular training programmes for procurement practitioners and equal treatment before and after procurement processes without any discrimination to avoid unethical procurement practices.
A Thesis submitted to the Department of Building Technology, College of Art and Built Environment In partial fulfillment of the requirement for the degree of Master of Science,
challenges, compliance level, awareness, Procurement practices