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Public Health Institutions in Ghana Flout Procurement Laws, Public Accounts Committee Reveals

The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has exposed several violations of the procurement laws by most of the Public Health Institutions in the country.

The PAC Chairman, Hon. James Klutse-Avedzi, said that these institutions have been procuring goods and services independently without following the due process as stipulated by section 20 of the Public Procurement (Amendment) Act.

He made this claim during the second day of the PAC sitting in Parliament House, where the Ministry of Health and its agencies were summoned to answer queries raised by the Auditor-General in his 2022 report on the Public Accounts of Ghana – Ministries, Departments and Other Agencies.

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According to the report, some common infractions committed by the Public Health Institutions include non-competitive procurement, non-payment of rent, hire purchase of vehicles,  payment of unearned salaries and unsupported payments.

Some of the institutions that were cited for these malpractices include Nurses Training College, Pantang, Castle Clinic, National Blood Service, Princess Marie Louise Children Hospital, Accra Psychiatric Hospital  and others.

The Director General of the Ghana Health Service, Dr. Patrick Kuma-Aboagye, who led the Ministry of Health delegation, was advised by the PAC members to recruit more procurement officers to assist the various agencies in complying with the procurement laws and to avoid any further irregularities.

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