A-G report: Hospitals purchased fish at above market prices

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  • Tuesday, 08 Apr 2014

KUALA LUMPUR: The Auditor-General has found that fish bought on contracts by two hospitals were higher by between 34.4% and 100% compared to market prices.

According to the Auditor-General’s Report 2013, Series 1, the purchases resulted in the Government not getting value for money.

The report tabled in the Dewan Rakyat on Monday stated that siakap was bought at RM21 per kg in the 2012-2014 contract by the Sultanah Aminah Hospital, Johor compared to the RM14.50 per kg market price, while squid was bought at RM16 per kg (market price of RM9.50 per kg).

It added that the Kuala Lumpur Hospital bought pomfret at RM21.50 per kg in the 2012-2014 contract against a RM16 per kg market price, grouper for RM19.50 per kg (market price of RM12), nyior fish for RM18 per kg (RM10), and catfish for RM11 per kg (RM5.50).

The A-G urged the Health Ministry to plan and monitor the procurement of perishable goods and monitor prices to ensure value for money purchases.

The Health Ministry, in its reply, said the contract prices of fish paid by the two hospitals included transportation costs. – Bernama
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