Parliament has granted permission to Busiki county MP, Paul Akamba to table the patients’ rights and responsibility bill that is intended to help patients’ access health care with their rights fully observed. The motion was seconded by Kigulu south MP, Andrew Kaluya
Akamba told parliament that access to medical care is a right however many times poor patients are detained for failure to pay hospital bills which is a gross violation of their rights and liberty.
He says that if the patients’ rights and responsibility bill becomes a law this will go a long way in addressing the challenge.
However state minister for heath general duties, Sarah Opendi says that government is not comfortable with the bill because it has a serious financial implication and Uganda has clients charter which addresses the challenges of the patients. However the deputy speaker Jacob Oulanya ruled the motion should pass since it does not violate the constitution.
The legal officer Uganda national health users consumers Moses Talibita says that more often the rights of patients and liberty are abused and the law is needed to protect them