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SF General Hospital Audit Shows Large Discrepancies With Supply Management

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A view of San Francisco General Hospital on October 8, 2013 in San Francisco (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

A view of San Francisco General Hospital on October 8, 2013 in San Francisco (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

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SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS)— A new audit by San Francisco’s Controller’s Office says San Francisco General Hospital mismanages its supplies and materials. According to the report, 96 percent of the hospital’s inventory didn’t match its records.

While missing rubber gloves and Kleenex might seem trivial compared to the patient who went missing last year (only to be later found dead in a stairway) the audit suggest a lack of oversight.

“The organization does no investigation to determine the reasons for discrepancies,” said Chief Auditor Tonia Lediju who was alarmed and added this affects the hospital’s ability to detect any theft, loss or misuse of assets.

The audit cites 11 problems, but Baljeet Sangha who’s in charge of hospital supplies said they’ll all be fixed.

“I do think that they are very detail oriented, which is where we want to go, we want to be very detail oriented. So this just really helped us nail down the areas of focus,” he said.

Both the Controller’s Office and the hospital blame short staffing as part of the problem.

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