The Auditor-General has cited the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital for charging and taking fees not authorised by Parliament

The Auditor-General, Johnson Akuamoah Asiedu, has cited the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital and the LEKMA Hospital, both in Accra, for charging fees not authorised by Parliament.

Mr Asiedu said within the 2021 Auditor-General Report that the actions of the 2 hospitals within the national capital have been in contradiction with Regulation 48 of the Public Financial Management Regulations, 2019 (L.I. 2378).

The regulation gives {that a} Principal Spending Officer liable for gathering varied forms of fees and prices shall evaluate yearly the executive effectivity of assortment, the accuracy of previous estimates and the relevance of charges, fees and prices to present financial situations and submit a proposal by way of the minister to Parliament for approval.

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In spite of this, the 2021 Auditor-General Report on the audit of ministries, departments and other businesses (MDAs) of central government and the courts for the year ended December 31, 2021, said the 2 hospitals charged sufferers upkeep and intramural fees and other service fees that weren’t a part of the listing of fees authorised for them.

The report said the fees amounted to GH¢35.44 million and have been taken between January 2019 and December 2020 “without the approval of Parliament.”

It explained that whereas Korle-Bu charged GH¢35.34 million as upkeep and intramural fees inside the interval, LEKMA took GH¢100,000 from the sufferers as a rise in fees for 32 services rendered with out recourse to the legislation.

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