Inventory management in the Public Hospitals: the case of Ankaase Government Hospital, Afrancho Government Hospital and Mowire Family Care Hospital

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The concern of all public hospitals has been how to effectively ensure adequate supply of goods and equipment to ensure optimum supply and demand. In most public hospitals as the problem has been, it‘s either an overstocking or under stocking leading to shortage or surplus hence incurring avoidable cost. This study aimed at finding out how effective inventory management was in selected public hospitals. The study adopted the case study design with the research approach being mixed method (Qualitative& Quantitative). The study employed both probability and non-probability random sampling Techniques to sample 65 health workers in three hospitals in the Afigya Kwabre District. Data were analyzed descriptively, whiles the qualitative responses were analyzed thematically. The study identified that an appreciable number of hospital staff understand the concept of inventory management (74.1%). The commonest inventory technique used was the ABC method with majority 49.2(32/65) of the staff admitting the use of requisition forms during the demand for goods from the stores. Coding system continue to be used in itemizing goods at the stores department, however this was done manually at the various units of the hospitals. The challenges that impede upon the effective hospital inventory management include inaccurate level of inventory management, delay of request poor record-keeping and over-supply. The effectiveness of inventory in hospitals is crucial for effective health care delivery. This research has brought to the fore the gaps in the inventory management in the selected public hospitals. A concerted effort need to be put in place to recruit skilled purchasing and supply persons with ample training to manage inventory. More to it is the call for a network and systematize inventory processes to track all inventory in the hospitals.
A project work submitted to the Department of Building Technology, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, in partial fulfillment of the requirement for the degree of Masters of Procurement Management.