Assessment of the bottlenecks of statutory amendments on purchasing and supply management in medicines services delivery. A case of Chimhanda District Hospital.
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This study was about assessment of the bottlenecks of statutory amendments in purchasing and supply management in medicines services delivery. A case of Chimhanda District Hospital. The research was conducted in a group of respondents who sit in the Procurement Unit Committee at Chimhanda District Hospital. The main objective of the study was to explore the bottlenecks of statutory amendments in the public procurement process that detract medicine service delivery and to determine the extent of these challenges. Specifically, the study aimed to; identify the challenges in the procurement process; to provide insight into the statutory amendments in public purchasing ; identify the bottlenecks associated with statutory amendments at Chimhanda District Hospital in that detracts in medicines service delivery and to identify and suggest to stakeholders in the public procurement sector how the statutory amendments could be improved to enhance service delivery. The research methodology was designed to collect data from twenty-five (25) respondents through questionnaires (open and closed ended), and observation. The collected data was statistically and analyzed using Statistical Package for Social Science (SPSS) software version 16.0. However, the findings revealed that, Public Procurement and Disposal Act 2018 have failed to achieve value of money, operationalisation and timeliness. Results from the chi square test also revealed that statutory amendments had no significant role on value of money, operationalisation and timeliness. The researcher recommends that experience should always be considered to be of crucial factor when recruiting for new procurement personnel, there is need to recruit staff who specialize in the procurement of hospital commodities too improve the efficiency of the system . The Ministry should consider operationalising a fully equipped procurement directorate that supports and supervises health related procurement activity, set training programs to improve knowledge of staff; this practice will enable the non-professional staffs to get knowledge and experience on the procurement practices to be competent with procuring practices. .