'Vice President Osinbajo Launches Patients' Bill of Rights' - we shall watch the implementation!!!

1 August, 2018

We share the joy of fellow Nigerians that a Bill of Rights has been published for Nigerians and those who live in the country but how will it be implemented ?

31 October 2014 - National Health Act 2014 becomes Law

June 18, 2017 Nigeria To Develop Patients’ Bill Of Rights Comments Offon Nigeria to develop Patients’ Bill of Rights. The Consumer Protection Council (CPC) and the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) have commenced a process for the formulation of an acceptable guide to regulate interaction between patients and medical doctors in the country.

31 July 2018 Vice President Osinbajo Launches Patients' Bill of Rights - THISDAYLIVE The Vice President noted that Nigeria is faced with diverse healthcare challenges adding ... He said that 'patients bill of rights will help eliminate quacks in the country - https://www.thisdaylive.com › Breaking

The irony remains that Nigeria has no National Quality Standards Setting and Regulatory Body to date. A National Tertiary Health Institutions Standards Committee was inaugurated in March 2017 but is yet to take off and even then it covers on tertiary health institutions, not the primary health facilities or secondary general and cottage hospitals.

Even more worrying is the fact that the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria has been dissolved for three years now!!

WE fully support and endorse the Bill of Patients Rights, but, what remains is for patients/ population to be reminded and educated that with every Right comes Responsibilities too – we await the Bill of Patients Responsibilities ? Health workers must bbe able to deliver care without harassment from patients / families, too.

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‘Osinbajo launches patients' bill of rights to protect vulnerable Nigerians

By Francis Arinze Illoani | Publish Date: Jul 31 2018 11:28AM

https://www.thisdaylive.com/index.php/2018/07/31/osinbajo-launches-patie...

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo hs launched Nigeria's first Patients' Bill of Rights developed by the Consumer Protection Council (CPC) to protect vulnerable Nigerians.

Speaking at the launch on Tuesday in Abuja, the Vice President said Patients' Bill of Rights is crucial as it borders on human lives and respect for human dignity.

Osinbajo said respect for patients and human lives explain how a country values its citizens and this is the responsibility of not only healthcare practitioners but includes the entire healthcare value chains.

The Vice President added that government is aware of the acute problem of the Nigerian healthcare challenges and government is putting the right policies to address them.

He further said healthcare is not just about government funding and provision of infrastructure but also includes what patients perceive as what they are getting out of it.

The Director General of the CPC, Barrister Babatunde Irukera said the rights encapsulated in the Bill have always existed in different laws and the CPC simply aggregated the rights for reference purposes.

Irukera said the Bill of Rights would help eliminate quacks in the country's health care sector as it will serve as a weapon in the hand of patients to demand better healthcare services.

"Protecting rights in the healthcare sector is of particular importance and is a defining feature of how society should, and must operate," he said.

The CPC boss said the Council took interest in protecting consumers in the health care sector considering that life expectancy depends on the quality of health care delivery in the country.

He said no matter the quality of health care infrastructure, if the right attitude and quality services are absent, quality health care will fail.

"We take a definite step in ensuring people's rights in the healthcare sector are truly respected and protected in part because no one in our country is insulated or immunised from needing medical services," he said.

The Bill of Rights seen by Daily Trust outlined 12 rights that patients are entitled to, including right to relevant information, right to timely access to medical records, right to transparent billing, right to privacy, right to clean health care environment and right to be treated with respect.

Other rights include right to receive urgent care, right to reasonable visitation, right to decline care, right to decline or accept to participate in medical research, right to quality care and right to complain and express dissatisfaction regarding services received.’

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HIFA profile: Joseph Ana is the Lead Consultant and Trainer at the Africa Centre for Clinical Governance Research and Patient Safety in Calabar, Nigeria. In 2015 he won the NMA Award of Excellence for establishing 12-Pillar Clinical Governance, Quality and Safety initiative in Nigeria. He has been the pioneer Chairman of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) National Committee on Clinical Governance and Research since 2012. He is also Chairman of the Quality & Performance subcommittee of the Technical Working Group for the implementation of the Nigeria Health Act. He is a pioneer Trustee-Director of the NMF (Nigerian Medical Forum) which took the BMJ to West Africa in 1995. He is particularly interested in strengthening health systems for quality and safety in LMICs. He has written Five books on the 12-Pillar Clinical Governance for LMICs, including a TOOLS for Implementation. He established the Department of Clinical Governance, Servicom & e-health in the Cross River State Ministry of Health, Nigeria in 2007. Website: www.hriwestafrica.com Joseph is a member of the HIFA Steering Group: http://www.hifa.org/people/steering-group

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