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9 Hospitals under probe for detaining patients

The Ministry of Health has formed a special team to probe nine hospitals overs cases of patients being detained for failing to pay their bills.

The investigations, which will also look into the detention of bodies over mortuary fees, will be carried out by a technical team set up by the Health Principal Secretary Susan Mochache and is expected to make recommendations within 10 days.

The hospitals being probed include Kenyatta National Hospital, Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital, the Nairobi Hospital, the Aga Khan University Hospital, Mater Hospital, National Spinal Injury Hospital, Mathari National Teaching Referral Hospital, Nairobi Women’s Hospital, and Nairobi West Hospital.

DETENTION CLAIMS

According to the PS, the ministry had to authenticate the detention claims and work on ways to provide solutions to such scenarios not to happen in the future.

“The team will establish the policies and mechanisms in place to deal with emergency admissions and patients who are unable to meet their bills at the time of discharge,” Mochache said.

This comes days after Citizen TV revealed exposed how some 20 women were detained at the Kenyatta National Hospital on Monday.