Morris Moses Foundation Chairman’s speech on the launch of patient rights charter on 4th October 2013
Hon. James Macharia Cabinet Secretary Ministry of Health, The PS Prof Sagor, the DMS Dr Francis Kimani all protocol observed……,
Ladies and Gentlemen, Good Morning.
Today marks a major milestone to the improvement of health care from the patient perspective. It is the culmination of over 4 years of shouting, pushing, talking and negotiating for the recognition of the health care consumer THE PATIENT as part and parcel of the health care system
We have heard of hundreds of cases on negligence, malpractice even death of patients, we don’t want to blame this on anyone but ignorance.
Morris Moses Foundation believes with the launch of the first patient rights charter and I dare say the first of its kind in Africa will go a long way to improve patient participation in the delivery health care, by demanding for quality compassionate health care from the government and other stakeholders, but also taking responsibility of healthcare delivery as a personal responsibility of each and every citizen of Kenya.
I believe the Patient Rights Charter is not just a document but also a tool to monitor, to direct and hold accountable the government to the patients and potential patients which we all are.
To the medical fraternity, this document is not meant to be a witch hunt tool, or to undermine your heavily invested skills and knowledge, but it is meant to empower both you and your client. Remember you bring 50% on to the table because of your knowledge and skills while the patient brings the other 50% in terms of body, mind and trust to you which completes the process of healthcare service delivery.
We would also like to recognize other organizations that have joined the pursuit of patients justice, the cancer organization which has been instrumental in the writing of the cancer bill and policies therein, the Africa Regional Blood transfusion society Kenya for the fight towards safety in blood transfusion, the center for patients rights for putting the medical fraternity on their toes using litigation measures and the Kenya Consumer Association for ensuring affordable drugs and many other local NGO and International NGOs who have invested in patient safety by advocating and capacity building the health sector to improve service delivery .This document will go a long way in empowering the patient and improving our work with the different patient organization.
As human rights are part of our day to day decision making, let the patient rights charter also be the base for decision making daily in health care sector.We therefore request the regulatory bodies for a speedy dissemination of the charter to all the 47 counties from Lamu to Nyanza, from Turkana to Nairobi and from Bungoma to Nakuru.
Morris Moses Foundation is committed to disseminating the charter using through the various MMF mooted campaigns such as Silent no more,Boresha Afya and Patient Solidarity Day, which for your information ladies and gentlemen will be commemorated on 30th of October and we will be joined for the first time by 10 other African countries to make it regional,we hope you will join us too.
Chinua Achebe said, “When the center is weak things fall apart”, and I say because the center which is the patient has been strengthened the healthcare system will change as the demand for quality compassionate health care will translate to improved health care which will bring about a better and positive patient experience
Thank You and God Bless