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Analysis of public hospital governance reforms: a case from a developing country

Analysis of public hospital governance reforms: a case from a developing country The purpose of this paper is to explore the nature of governance reforms also called conceptual innovation for public hospitals in Malawi.Design/methodology/approachIt focuses on the reforms for central and district hospitals. It uses semi-structured interviews to collect data and thematic approach to analyse it.FindingsThe results show that the reforms for central hospitals are structurally well characterised as aimed at corporatisation though they are termed as automatisation. The terminological seems not to pose any harm on the direction of the reforms due to the thorough structural characterisation. On the other hand, reforms for district hospitals are vague as such implementation is retrogressive, in that, instead of progressively moving the hospitals towards greater autonomy the opposite is happening.Originality/valueThe paper highlights the significance of characterisation of the intended outcome on the direction of the reforms and proposes a framework to guide conceptual innovation for public hospitals in a devolution-mediated environment. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png International Journal of Health Governance Emerald Publishing

Analysis of public hospital governance reforms: a case from a developing country

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
© Emerald Publishing Limited
ISSN
2059-4631
DOI
10.1108/ijhg-09-2020-0103
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Abstract

The purpose of this paper is to explore the nature of governance reforms also called conceptual innovation for public hospitals in Malawi.Design/methodology/approachIt focuses on the reforms for central and district hospitals. It uses semi-structured interviews to collect data and thematic approach to analyse it.FindingsThe results show that the reforms for central hospitals are structurally well characterised as aimed at corporatisation though they are termed as automatisation. The terminological seems not to pose any harm on the direction of the reforms due to the thorough structural characterisation. On the other hand, reforms for district hospitals are vague as such implementation is retrogressive, in that, instead of progressively moving the hospitals towards greater autonomy the opposite is happening.Originality/valueThe paper highlights the significance of characterisation of the intended outcome on the direction of the reforms and proposes a framework to guide conceptual innovation for public hospitals in a devolution-mediated environment.

Journal

International Journal of Health GovernanceEmerald Publishing

Published: Jun 4, 2021

Keywords: Malawi; Public hospital governance; Public hospitals

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