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FCCPC vow to crack down on hospitals demanding police reports before treatment –

The Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (FCCPC) has vowed to crack down on hospitals that still require patients to report to police in emergencies.

Since 2018, thanks to the government’s advocacy and accountability, FCCPC Executive Vice Chairman (EVC) Babatunde Irukera said while interacting with reporters at the Federal Medical Center Jabi, Abuja.

Speaking further, Irukera stated that there is no other way to improve society than accountability, consequences and advocacy.

According to Irukera: “Regarding police reports before victims can be treated in hospitals, I can say that from 2018 to now, such incidents have decreased significantly due to advocacy and accountability.

“Our first public investigation was about a girl who was stabbed in the neck and taken to hospital, and because she was a victim of crime, the issue of police reporting came up and became an investigation, and many people didn’t want it to happen again because with it Related publicity. All we ask is that we be notified every time this happens and that we continue to spread the word and hold everyone accountable.

“There are mechanisms for mitigating problems or challenges that can escalate quickly, so we want to hold people accountable. There is no way to make a society perfect other than these three things; accountability, consequences, and advocacy. When Others don’t want to be in that situation when someone has the consequences for doing something wrong.”

Introducing the bill, FCCPC PBoR Coordinator Dr Nkechi Mba said it includes the right to obtain relevant information in a language and manner that patients understand, including diagnosis, treatment, other procedures and possible outcomes.

“The right to timely access to detailed and accurate medical records and available services, transparent billing and full disclosure of any charges, including recommended treatment plans, etc.”

Meanwhile, Fola Onirinwa, principal consultant at Ace Associates, said strengthening the patient’s bill of rights across the country would lead to a discussion of patient-centred care, as the importance of healthcare is that patients derive satisfaction from whatever care they receive .

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