The Consumer Protection Council (CPC) is to ensure the formulation of an acceptable guide to regulate interaction between patients and medical doctors in the provision of health care services.
The proposed guide to be known as Patients’ Bill of Rights, which is being developed in collaboration with the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), will identify rights and privileges in a patient-care giver relationship for the protection of consumers.
A statement made available to The AUTHORITY and signed by CPC’s spokesman, Mr Abiodun Obimuyiwa, said the Council and NMA agreed on the guide when the president of the medical association, Prof. Mike Ogirima led members of his executive on a courtesy visit to the Director General of the Council, Babatunde Irukera, in Abuja at the weekend.
Speaking during the visit, CPC’s director general said it is imperative that the two organisations collaborate and jointly disseminate these rights to consumers to promote higher and safer healthcare standards.
Irukera said: “We need to ensure people know their rights - the right to information, proper explanation of their medical situation in a language they understand.”
Irukera and the NMA president who underscored the urgency of the need for the Guide, set June 2017 deadline for a final draft of the Bill of Rights.