An Investigation Of Procurement Practices In The Ghana Health Service: A Case Study Of Juaboso Government Hospital, Sefwi Juaboso

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Background: Procurement activities play a major role in the health sector as medicines and health equipment are purchased. However, there are some challenges that emerge from procurement activities, and irrespective of these challenges when the procurement practices are followed, performance is achieved Aims/objectives: The aim of this research is to assess the procurement framework of medicine within Ghana Health Service; a case study of Juaboso Government Hospital, Sefwi Juaboso Methods: A sample size of 187 respondents were engaged in the study by using a convenient sampling technique. The instrument used to collect data from the respondents was a structured questionnaire. Analytical tools used included quantitative, descriptive statistics, and regression analysis. Results: The results indicated that Juaboso Government Hospital follows procurement practices when it comes to their knowledge of procurement principles, procurement planning procedures, supplier partnership, and contract management. There were many challenges that affected the procurement activities of the hospital. The leading challenges emanating from procurement practices included ineffectiveness of the procurement policy, poor accountability, fraud, corruption, and bureaucracy in the procurement system. Knowledge of procurement principles, procurement planning, supplier partnership, and contract management all demonstrated a positive and significant impact on the performance of the hospital. Conclusion: The study finally concluded that the procurement practices of the hospital were better, but with some challenges that need to be addressed. The study recommended that there should be appropriate and updated procurement policies which should be evaluated and monitored.
A thesis submitted to the department of supply chain and information systems, college of humanities and social science in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of master of science in logistics and supply chain management