Performance assessment of procurement practices of the Suntreso Government Hospital, Kumasi

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Section 91 (1) (2) (3) of Act 663 which stipulated that there should be a regular procurement audit to assess procurement performance, monitoring and evaluation necessitated the need for this study. This study sought to assess the performance of procurement practices of the Suntreso government hospital and to determine the extent to which the Hospital followed the requirement of (PPA 2003, Act 663) in the planning, execution and monitoring of procurement operations. The study also sought to analyze the challenges the Hospital encountered in performing procurement practices in the management of procurement operation. Face to face interview was used in collecting data for this study because of its ability to provide very rich meaningful information. The main research instrument used was the Semi-structured, face to face interviews. The researcher also made use of a census in the survey. The study revealed that National Competitive Tendering and price Quotation were the mostly used method procurement methods in the operations of the Suntreso Government Hospital. The study again revealed that the use of ICT in their procurement operations was very low because no specialized procurement software was available hence almost all their procurement activities were done manually. The study further revealed that the entity encountered in its operations Difficulty in obtaining funds, Lack of understanding of the procurement Act on the part of the local suppliers, Cost Overrun, Interference from top hierarchy and inadequate qualified personnel. It was therefore recommended that procurement entity should further collaborate with the public procurement Authority and the Zonal office in Kumasi, address the challenges and effective monitoring and evaluation of procurement activities in the entity as well as applying sanctions to punish conflict of interest and interference from top management to improve its performance.
A thesis submitted to the Department of Building Technology in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Science in Procurement Management.