UBTH Releases Woman From Custody For 6 Months For Unpaid Hospital Bills |

Posted by on Oct 31, 2020, Under: News

UBTH Releases Woman From Custody For 6 Months For Unpaid Hospital Bills |

The management of the University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH) released a young woman who had been held in the hospital for six months on unpaid bills.

According to IgbereTV, the patient, Bidemi Taiwo, was admitted to hospital on March 23, 2020. She gave birth to a baby through a caesarean section but lost the baby.

Since then, UBTH authorities have arrested her for non-payment of bills, which allegedly exceed five hundred thousand naira.

Jefferson Uvoghiren’s lawyer, who handled the case, confirmed the latest developments on Saturday, October 31.

He wrote:

“Turn !!!! The University of Benin Teaching Hospital, UBTH, Benin, finally agreed this morning with a higher reason as Ms Bidemi Taiwo was ordered to leave the hospital. We demand the release of other patients in similar detention. Poverty is not a crime “

Bidemi’s father, farmer Sunday Oyebamiji, thanked the management of UBTH for their generosity in repaying the debt, which as of August 2020 was approximately six hundred thousand naira. He also thanked Mr. Jefferson and his team for their support.

Meanwhile, Mr. Jefferson, in a statement released in Benin City on Oct.29, said it was a criminal offense to hold a patient to pay off a civic debt without a court order.

He wrote:

“The detention of a patient in a hospital by the hospital administration or its agents is a crime because of the debt accumulated by the patient as a result of the medical care. No one, I repeat, no one is allowed to withhold a civil debtor without a court decision, which is illegal. UBTH, Benin City, is legally responsible for false detention, emotional distress and agony, civil lawsuits and criminal charges for kidnapping, assault and public disorder. The relationship between the patient and the doctor is contractual, enshrined in contractual law. Doctors offer services to patients with a reasonable expectation of payment. Violations or failure to fulfill contractual obligations cannot lead to the detention and imprisonment of one party in a private institution, the other, personally or by her agents, as a consequence of the same. There is no law according to which the services provided by doctors, public or private, are exclusive and above contractual law. Let this victim of this idiot, seasonal and condemnable violation of the rights now languishing in UBTH prison go to a lawyer and sue the distinguished Minister of Health, CMD UBTH and the matron with direct responsibility. his detention for the past six years. months after failing to pay hospital bills in full. #SHAMEUBTH Enough, enough. “

Jefferson Uvoghiren, Esq.
October 29, 2020
Benin City. “