Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo has launched the country’s first patients’ bill of rights developed by the Consumer Protection Council of Nigeria to protect the dignity of vulnerable Nigerians.
Osinbajo while speaking at the Launch in Abuja 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.
Director General of CPC, Barrister Babatunde Irukera also added that “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.”
Here is what you should know about the Patients’ Bill of Rights.
A patient’s bill of rights is a list of guarantees for those receiving medical care. It may take the form of a law or a non-binding declaration. It guarantees patients information, fair treatment, and autonomy over medical decisions, among other rights.
The bill of rights include
- 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
- 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.