According to reports, the Senate has decried the high rate of medical negligence and the non-compliance with the National Health Act in the country.
As a result, the upper chamber of the National Assembly said it would hold a stakeholders’ forum tagged ‘First Nigerian Medical Law Summit.’
The Chairman, Senate Committee on Health, Senator Olanrewaju Tejuoso, while addressing journalists on Thursday, stated that the forum was necessitated by the increasing petitions against medical institutions and personnel.
He said, “The Nigerian Medical Law Summit is a one-day retreat organised for chief medical directors of public and private hospitals and heads of professional health associations.
“The ‘medicolegal’ retreat is crucial as a result of the constant increase in allegations of medical malpractice and medical negligence claims from public and private hospitals all over Nigeria. The summit is necessary due to the high level of non-compliance with the National Health Act by Nigerian health facilities and professionals.
“The summit is aimed at positioning the leadership of the Nigerian health system on how to prevent medical malpractice claims and legal liabilities.”