The Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (FCCPC) have cautioned the management staff of the University of Abuja Specialist Hospital and other hospitals that have subscribed to the Patients’ Bill of Right (PBOR) against breaching the pact.
The executive vice chairman and chief executive officer of the FCCPC, Babatunde Irukera, made this known yesterday at the domestication of the Patients’ Bill of Rights at the University of Abuja Teaching Hospital.
Daily Trust Saturday reports that the PBOR, which was launched by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, was targeted at effectively addressing the issue of consumer abuse in the healthcare sector.
He noted that the bill which serves as overall guidelines shows how patients will be treated openly and behind closed doors.
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He further explained that it has become compelling for health facilities to adopt the initiative because patients are the most vulnerable people.
“Patients are the most vulnerable, that’s why it’s so important that the domestication of the patient’s bill is implemented, and I assure you that if there is any complain with regards to the violation of the patient’s bill, we will come after you,” Irukera said.
Also speaking at the event, the Director of Clinical Service, Dr Bob Okon, who represented the Chief Medical Director, Prof. Bissallah Ekele, said the university has always ensured that patients’ rights are protected as stated in the constitution.
Okon said that in recent times, the university has been going through various transformations, from a 350-bed space to a 550-bed space, with over 1,000 outpatients weekly.