An examination of hospital governance in Ghana

Patience Aseweh Abor (Department of Public Administration and Health Services Management, University of Ghana Business School, Legon, Ghana)
Gordon Abekah‐Nkrumah (Department of Public Administration and Health Services Management, University of Ghana Business School, Legon, Ghana)
Joshua Abor (Department of Finance, University of Ghana Business School, Legon, Ghana)

Leadership in Health Services

ISSN: 1751-1879

Publication date: 8 February 2008

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to examine the nature of governance structures in Ghanaian hospitals by comparing the governance systems in public and private hospitals.

Design/methodology/approach

This study employs a comparative case methodology. It compares the governance structures in private hospitals to that of public hospitals in Ghana to ascertain whether they exhibit different or similar governance systems. The results obtained are analyzed and discussed to ascertain the extent to which the governance structures in these hospitals conform to Taylor's principles of good governance.

Findings

The results of the study revealed numerous differences in the governance structures in private and public hospitals in Ghana. From the review of Taylor's principles of good governance and the comparative case analysis, it was observed that some of the principles are not present in the current hospital governance systems.

Originality/value

The findings of this paper have important implications for proper governance and management of the Ghanaian health institutions.

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Citation

Aseweh Abor, P., Abekah‐Nkrumah, G. and Abor, J. (2008), "An examination of hospital governance in Ghana", Leadership in Health Services, Vol. 21 No. 1, pp. 47-60. https://doi.org/10.1108/17511870810845905

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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