POSSIBLE VIOLATIONS OF PATIENT/CONSUMER RIGHTS UNDER THE FEDERAL COMPETITION & CONSUMER PROTECTION ACT, 2018; AND EXTANT LAWS IN PROVIDING MEDICAL ATTENTION/URGENT CARE
Pursuant to Sections 17(a), (e), (h), (l), (s), (t), 👍 of the Federal Competition
& Consumer Protection Act, 2018 (FCCPA)
Monday, June 14, 2021: On Thursday, April 22, 2021, Mrs.
Premier SMC managed the Patient until Sunday April 25th, when Premier SMC made a decision to transfer her to a more robust multi-speciality facility for advanced critical and intensive care tools. Patient was therefore referred and transported to Evercare Hospital, Lekki. The Patient passed away shortly after arrival at Evercare. The family of the Patient have alleged that Premier SMC mismanaged her care. They allege among others that Premier SMC did not comply with applicable standards of care and sufficient sensitivity, responsiveness, as well as proper customer/consumer protection requirements under law.
On Monday, May 10, 2021, the Federal Competition & Consumer Protection Commission (Commission) opened an investigation to determine whether any violation(s) of applicable consumer/patient protection standards under prevailing laws occurred.
The Commission, in furtherance of this investigation and pursuant to its mandate and powers under Sections 17(e), 18(4), 32 and 33 of the Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Act, 2018 (FCCPA) has progressed the investigation to a public hearing. This will take place starting at 10:00 A.M on Tuesday June 15th, 2021, at the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry Conference and Exhibition Centre, 10, Dr. Nurudeen Olowopopo Way, Alausa, Ikeja, Lagos.
In addition to operatives of the Commission, a broad based team (Panel) has been empaneled to more professionally, completely and transparently conduct the investigation. The Rule of Law Office in the Presidency (Office of the Vice President), Federal Ministry of Health, Lagos State Ministry of Justice, Lagos State Consumer Protection Agency (LASCOPA), Lagos State Health Facility Monitoring & Accreditation Agency (HEFMAA), Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), and the Commission are represented on the Panel.
Pursuant to Section 33(2) of the Federal Competition & Consumer Protection Act, the hearings in this investigation will be conducted publicly and is open to the public. However, in compliance with prevailing public health and COVID-19 protocols, we invite and encourage non-core participating viewers to view and participate real time through live coverage provided at TVC News (DSTV Channel 418; GOTV Channel 45; and StarTimes Channel 307), and the following social media handles/platforms:
YouTube: FCCPC Nigeria
Facebook: FCCPC Nigeria
Although the Commission welcomes contributory participation, the public is invited to understand and be guided that this hearing is not primarily a fault-finding inquiry; and is not a professional disciplinary process. It is entirely about consumer protection and addressing statutory obligations of service providers to consumers.
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Tinubu not hospitalised, will be back shortly – Aide
The media adviser to the national leader of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu, has said the APC leader has not been hospitalised as being reported by a section of the media.
Tunde Rahman, in a statement made available on Saturday said Chief Bola Ahmed Tinubu, a former governor of Lagos State, is “fine, hale and hearty.”
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“He is not in any hospital. He has no medical problem that would require hospitalisation. Yes, he is out of the country at the moment. He will be back shortly,” Mr Rahman said.
There had been speculations over Mr Tinubu’s health, especially with the APC leader visibly absent at recent political events. His absence was a talking point due to his reported ambition to run for president in 2023.
During last Saturday’s local government election in Lagos, party supporters and journalists, who were hopeful to see Mr Tinubu cast his vote, were told he had travelled out of the country. He was also absent during Saturday’s APC ward congress in the state.
Mr Rahman said any time his principal travels out out of the country, “the next thing some mischievous people would say is he is sick, hospitalised or has died.”
It is shameful that perpetrators of this evil are not deterred by the fact that each time this fake news has been propagated, they have been proven wrong.
“Who really is afraid of Asiwaju Tinubu? Those wishing Asiwaju Tinubu evil or dead should be careful. They should know the matter of life and death is in the hand of only God Almighty.”
Wase hails Buharii for establishment of orthopaedic hospital Jos
The Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Ahmed Idris Wase has applauded President Muhammadu Buhari for signing
the Orthopedic Hospitals Management Board (Amendment) Act, 2021.
President Muhammadu Buhari had on Monday 26th July 2021 signed the Orthopedic Hospitals Management Board (Amendment) Act Cap. O10 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004 to provide for the establishment of the Orthopedic Hospital Jos Plateau State..
The Hospital which is under the control of the Orthopedic Hospitals Management Board, will be affiliated to the University teaching hospital Jos and will provide specialised orthopedic treatment and medical services.
Recall that the House of Representatives had on 24 March 2021 approved the amendment of the Orthopaedic Hospitals Management Board Laws to provide for the establishment of Orthopaedic Hospital in Jos.
The bill which was sponsored by the Deputy Speaker, Rt. Hon Ahmed Idris Wase will provide specialised orthopedic treatment and other medical services.
Speaking when he received the executive governor of Plateau who was in his house to comisarates with him over the death of his elder sister Hajia Maryam, who passed on recently, the Deputy Speaker said the orthopedic hospital would bring a relief to the people of Plateau and the entire people of north central and northeast geopolitical zones.
The Deputy Speaker further said “on behalf of the good people of Plateau state, I wish to sincerely thank His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari for assenting to the bill and the executive governor of Plateau state, his excellency Dr. Simon Bako Lalong for his untiring support in the processes that led to the passage and signing of this bill.
Earlier in his remarks, Governor Lalong said he received the cheering news of the President’s assent to the amended Act with excitement and profound gratitude because of the impact it will have not only on the people of Plateau State, but the entire neighbouring States.
Lalong also praised the Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Idris Wase for sponsoring the bill and following through with its passage and assent.
He thanked the leadership of the National Assembly, members of the Plateau caucus in the National Assembly and other legislators who played a great role in supporting the passage of the amended Act.
He assured of the cooperation of the Plateau State Government towards the successful take off and operations of the Orthopaedic Hospital.
Umar Muhammad Puma
Chief Press Secretary to the Deputy Speaker, House of Representatives.
BREAKING: Buhari heads to UK for medical check-up, summit
President Muhammadu Buhari will on Monday depart Abuja for the UK to participate in the Global Education Summit on Financing Global Partnership for Education (GPE) 2021 to 2025.
The President’s spokesman, Mr Femi Adesina, who confirmed this development in a statement in Abuja on Monday, said the summit would be co-hosted by the Prime Minister of the UK, Boris Johnson, and the President of Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta.
According to him, the summit will bring together Heads of State and Government as well as stakeholders and youth leaders, and provide a platform for partners to chart a way forward towards transforming education systems in partner countries, through an exchange of best practices.
“It will also offer the opportunity for leaders to make 5-year pledges to support GPE’s work to help transform education systems in up to 90 countries and territories.
“Deliberations at the Summit will focus on: The Power of Education –A Conversation between Global Champions; Transforming Education for Girls; Financing for Impact and Recovery and; What Now? Priorities for Transforming Education in the Coming Five Years, among others,’’ Adesina stated.
He revealed that the Nigerian leader would also hold a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
He said: “After the Summit, the President will spend a few days for an earlier scheduled medical check-up.
“He is due back by the second week of August 2021.’’
The presidential aide disclosed that Buhari would be accompanied by Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, Minister of State Education, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, National Security Adviser, retired Maj. Gen. Babagana Monguno and Director-General of National Intelligence Agency, Amb. Ahmed Rufai Abubakar.
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