Residents in Iyanyan Community in the FCT, Abuja were given a rude awakening when a legal practitioner Steve Eke (esq) was gunned down along Abacha Road by unknown gunmen.
According to available information, Mr Eke was shot by assassins at about 9:00 pm but was swiftly taken to the nearest hospital in the hopes that the medical officers there would arrest his critical health crisis and provide adequate and sufficient treatment to the now deceased but in a completely absurd…
Informed consent is both an ethical and legal obligation in which healthcare providers educate patients about the risks, benefits, and alternatives of a procedure or intervention. This requires competent patients to voluntarily make educated medical decisions.
In 1971, a pregnant single lady with the pseudonym Jane Roe filed a lawsuit challenging Texas abortion law. She filed the suit on behalf of herself and others against Henry Wade, the district attorney of Dallas County, Texas.
At the time, it was illegal to attempt or get an abortion unless done to save the mother’s life.
A licensed doctor, Dr Halford, who had been arrested twice for violating the law, was permitted to join Roe’s lawsuit with the claims…
Why do you need a medico-legal team? What is the business of the legal professions within the medical space? Should saving lives be bogged down by legal restrictions?
These are some of the usual questions that are raised when discussing health and the law.
Unfortunately, since having a legal outfit in hospitals is not common practice in this part of sub-Sahara Africa, its importance is lost and its relevance, buried under hundreds of hospital bedpans and medical diapers.…
In the course of a typical day at the hospital, a variety of personal information of anyone patient is harvested by a physician during consultation or treatment and stored in a Hospital cabinet. Some of such information may be generic and common knowledge others may be intrusive and appear prying, others still may hold sentimental value to the patient. All of which would have remained personal knowledge of the patient but for the existing professional relationship between the patient and…
Patients’ rights include sets of rights, responsibilities and duties under which individuals seek and receive healthcare services. They are basic rules of conduct between patients and medical caregivers as well as institutions and people that support them.
Patient rights is a general statement that covers matters like access to care, consent to treatment and confidentiality. Though the details are subject to change, some patients’ rights include:
Right to be respected
Right to be informed …
Every Medical Facility needs a legal team/consultant
Every business comes with legal challenges that must be properly understood and compliance-related matters that must be accommodated in the course of doing business.
Just like any industry, the healthcare sector has a rather robust legal framework defining, regulating and circumscribing its scope. In the same way, health care providers are considered specialists within the health and medical space, Lawyers with health and medical experience are considered experts in assisting their medical clientele in…