Clinical Governance : 'Senate Passes Compulsory Treatment of Gunshot Victims Bill' - Victory for Commonsense!!! - Health Resource International West Africa (HRI)

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Thursday, 13 July 2017

Clinical Governance : 'Senate Passes Compulsory Treatment of Gunshot Victims Bill' - Victory for Commonsense!!!


Dear All,
Never have shared a more exhilarating news than the one below. So, finally as soon as Mr President signs this Bill that Senate passed yesterday, Tuesday 11 th July 2017, it shall become Law that the Police shall allow medical doctors and other health
practitioners to do their caring for patients whilst they prosecute them if they suspect that they are criminals. 
Halleluyah! is appropriate because after many years of this Centre and The NMA advocating for this civilised and humane policy, after at least four IG's of Nigerian Police Force made pronounciations to the effect that hospitals must not hold back treating injured patients before a police report is submitted, many hospitals and practitioners continued the tragic attitude and practice. Everyone wanted the Legislature to make the Law - Now they Have. We congratulate them for this practice and life-changing action on behalf of all 180 Million Nigerians.

There is left, just one 'small' matter of the Federal Ministry of Health making sure that the 5% of the 1% consolidated revenue which the National Health Act 2014 provides for Emergency Care to reimburse hospitals and clinics across the Nation who treat these injured patients (especially private hospitals and clinics), kicks into effect immediately without any further delay!. With this Law ( as soon as Mr President signs the passed Bill) the road to implementation is now clear. Over to FMOH !!!               READ ON  


Saraki said,   “By the passage of this bill, the Senate has moved to ensure that every hospital in Nigeria, both public and private, must accept to treat victims of gunshot wounds without any clearance from the police. “What we have done is to ensure that everyone is entitled to medical treatment, irrespective of the cause of the shooting. We should reserve judgment for the criminal justice system, and leave healthcare for the medical professionals.”

The Senate on Tuesday passed the Compulsory Treatment and Care of Victims of Gunshots Bill, which seeks to compel hospitals to treat persons with gunshot wounds before obtaining police report.
The bill, which was sent to the Senate by the House of Representatives for concurrence, seeks to establish a law that ensures that victims of gunshot wounds receive necessary treatment from medical workers and assistance from security agencies.
The bill also seeks to ensure that every person, including security agents, assist any person with gunshot wounds and ensure that the person is taken to the nearest hospital for treatment.
Additionally, the legislation mandates that no person with gunshot wounds shall be refused immediate and adequate treatment by any hospital in Nigeria, whether or not initial monetary deposit is paid.
President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, in his remarks, noted that not every person shot was a criminal.
He said it was important that a legal framework be put into place to avoid unnecessary loss of lives.
Saraki said,
“By the passage of this bill, the Senate has moved to ensure that every hospital in Nigeria, both public and private, must accept to treat victims of gunshot wounds without any clearance from the police.
“What we have done is to ensure that everyone is entitled to medical treatment, irrespective of the cause of the shooting. We should reserve judgment for the criminal justice system, and leave healthcare for the medical professionals.”
The other Health related Bills passed same day: the National Postgraduate College of Medical Laboratory Science Bill ; the Animal Health and Husbandry Technologies (Registration, etc) Bill, 2017; Corporate Manslaughter Bill, 2017; National Child Protection and Enforcement Agency Bill, 2017 ’’
 Joseph Ana

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