…Says it’s a ground-breaking legacy document
Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole, has acclaimed the draft Patients’
Bill of Rights, PBoR, initiated and developed under the leadership of the
Consumer Protection Council, CPC.
Adewole said that the broad and comprehensive statement of rights of
patients, their responsibilities, and obligations of healthcare providers is the
largest step quite yet to protect patients and ensure the highest level of ethical
conduct by healthcare professionals as well as enhance the quality and
standard of care in the healthcare sector.
The Minister made these assertions when CPC’s Director General, Babatunde
Irukera led a team of CPC management and the working team on the PBoR to a
working meeting with the Minister and leadership of the Ministry of Health on
Adewole applauded the Council for the initiative and the scope of the issues
covered by the PBoR.
He expressed optimism on how transformational it will be to service delivery in
the healthcare sector and how it publicizes the standard of care healthcare
professionals should be held accountable to.
The Minister and members of his team in particular commended the Council
for also identifying the responsibility of patients and their families in the entire
care value chain and healthcare ecosystem.
He noted that he had gone through the document, the Legal Department of
the Ministry had vetted it, and now critical senior and relevant directorates of
the ministry have contributed to the document.
While thanking the CPC, he expressed his conviction that this effort will modify
behaviour on patient and provider, and as well demonstrate to citizens that
the Federal Government cares about, and prioritizes their well-being and
welfare, and is assiduously focused on ensuring citizens are treated with regard
and dignity at all times, especially at a vulnerable time like ill-health.
The Minister specifically welcomed the inclusion of detailed rules about the
subject of confidentiality, emphasizing that it will promote confidence in the
President of the new Nigerian Medical Association, Dr. Francis Faduyile and
members of his new Executive, who were also on hand, expressed their
appreciation for the initiative and their familiarity with it, as it was part of
handing over briefings from the previous and outgone executive team.
Irukera, while responding, noted that the PBoR is an example of how the
Council can collaborate with professional associations to foster consumer
protection, improve internal ethics and weed out quacks.
He remarked that CPC was proud and grateful about the broad consensus and
commitment that culminated in the document with all major professional
associations in the healthcare sector, including nurses, pharmacists,
radiologists, laboratory technologists, among others.
Irukera further noted that CPC is grateful that the Honourable Minister and the
ministry will champion and provide leadership for the proliferation of these
rights and a better approach to patient care in Nigeria.