Ayodeji Ake

Beyhealth, in partnership with the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) and key stakeholders in the health sector will develop policies that will protect patients’ rights, strengthen the health sector and it’s internal mechanism, the Director General, Beyhealth, Mr. Adetokunbo Shitta-Bey had said.

Tokunbo, while addressing journalists at the Healthcare Management Conference on Medicine, Accountability and Law held in Lagos recently said the health sector has been faced with issues of infrastructure, healthcare delivery and lack of education on patient’s rights,

He said: Everyone has been affected by problem of healthcare in this country but it’s a complicated issue and we can’t just look at the doctors and nurses alone. We have to look at the sector and how regulated it is. Patients have to be protected as well from poor performance.

“Issues in he health sector often tell on the patients, hence the need for us to instigate policies to ensure patient safety.

“The patients are expose to a lot of issues. So the question is where do they go? There is a medical tribunal but that will not do because only few cases are prosecuted in the court of law. What we are preaching is that there is a lot to be done from the point of the incident to the point of the patient getting justice”” he said.

The Chairman, Nigerian Bar Association Section on Business Law, Barr. Olumide Akpata, stressed that there was need to involve lawyers in educating and training healthcare practitioners to protect the rights of the patients.
“The NBA is not only bothered about their profession but fighting for the rights of the common man. That is why we identified quickly with Beyhealth on the issue of patient’s rights.

“There are problems but they are systemic issues that needs to be addressed technically. On this, we are not waiting for the government to catchup with us but take the message to the government ourselves, that’s the plan, and to ensure patients are aware of their rights” Akpata said.

Emphasizing on the rights of the patients, Director General, Consumer Protection Council, Babtunde Irukere said it is not only about educating the patients on their right but also to educate the health providers on patient’s rights.