Public Supplies Work

Public Supplies Work

In Principle and Practice with Particular Reference to Hospitals

1st Edition - January 1, 1970

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  • Author: G. R. Sampson
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483193335

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Public Supplies Work: In Principle and Practice with Particular Reference to Hospitals considers the concepts of supply management. This book is composed of 12 chapters that discuss the nature of the job of supplies officer and the organization of the supplies department. The opening chapters deal with the purchasing for the public service; influence of provisioning on purchasing arrangements; methods of purchasing supplies; making a list of approved suppliers; keeping stocks to a minimum; principles and systems of keeping records; definition of joint purchasing, central purchasing, and central storage. The succeeding chapters describe the nature, conditions, and types of contracts, as well as the management and maintenance of funds. The discussion then shifts to the importance of knowledge of commodities and its functions. The closing chapters are devoted to the classification and storage of equipment, as well as the examination of function, design, and materials of purchased items. The book can provide useful information to office administrators, students, and researchers.

Table of Contents

  • Chapter I. The Nature of the Job of Supplies Officer

    Purchasing as an Art

    Logical Thought in Purchasing

    Co-operation with Others

    Chapter II. Purchasing for the Public Service

    Differences between the Public Service and Private Commerce

    Buying for Use and Buying for Resale

    Buying to a Price

    Ethics: Public Accountability,Attitude to Suppliers, Invitations to Supply, Giving and Receiving Favors

    Chapter III. Organization of the Supplies Department

    Definition of Task to be Performed

    Buying and Stores: The Staff Problem in the National Health Service

    The Purchasing Office

    Centralization: Buying, Stores

    Chapter IV. Provisioning

    The Influence of Provisioning on Purchasing Arrangements, and the Provisioning Function at Different Staff Levels

    Fixing Stock Levels: The Practicability of Formulas

    Chapter V. Purchasing Methods

    Running Contracts: Fixed Prices and Permissible Variations

    Short-Term Buying

    Buying on Discount Terms

    'Lollipop' Contracts

    The Reference System

    Approved List of Suppliers

    Division of Purchasing Labor

    Timing of Long-Term Contracts

    Chapter VI. Stores

    Keeping Stores to a Minimum

    Principles of Storage: Stock Turnover, Stock Segregation, Security, a Dry Atmosphere


    Stores Personnel

    Avoidance of Obsolete Stock

    Chapter VII. Paper Work and the Principles and Systems it Represents

    Stores Accounts: General Observations (Subjective Expenditure, Objective Costing, Machine Accounting) Stores Records: Design and Purpose of Books and Forms of Prime Entry

    The Indent: Consumable Goods, Non-Consumable Replacements, Indent for Inventory Additions

    Inquiries for Quotations and Invitations to Tender

    The Order

    Documents Sent by the Supplier in Respect of an Order: Acknowledgment, Advice Notice, Packing Note, Invoice, Statement

    Goods Received Book

    Bin Card

    Stocktakingcheck List


    Chapter VIII. Joint Purchasing, Central Purchasing, And Central Storage

    Definition of Terms

    Advantages and Disadvantages of Central Purchasing and Central Storage

    Joint Purchasing: The Messer and Hunt Reports

    Variety Reduction: Factors Affecting Suitability of Goods for Central or Joint Contracts Value Analysis: Examination of Function, Design, and Materials

    Standardization in Specifications

    Performance and Manufacturing Specifications

    British Standards: Limitations and Correct Use of Them

    Chapter X. The Contract

    Nature of a Contract

    Contracts for Sale of Goods: Conditions, Implied Conditions, Authority to Contract the Contract Document

    General Conditions of Contract: Examination of a Typical Set of Conditions

    Chapter XI. Capital Projects

    Capital and Maintenance Funds

    The Supplies Officer's Role: Classification of Equipment, Difficulties in Storage of Equipment Before Installation

    Chapter XII. The Quality of the Goods

    Importance Of Knowledge of Commodities and Understanding of Their Function

    Meaning of 'Quality'

    Pre-purchase and Post-Purchase Quality Control

    Appendix I. The Hunt Report: A Criticism

    Appendix II. Notes on Some Commodities etc.





    Some Observations on Food Quality

    Choosing Proprietary Articles

    Floor Finishes

    Going Metric


Product details

  • No. of pages: 212
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Butterworth-Heinemann 1970
  • Published: January 1, 1970
  • Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483193335

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