HOSPITAL SUED FOR DETAINING PATIENT.

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BY SAM ALFAN.

Nairobi hospital has been sued for holding a patient over Sh 400.000 medical bills.

Mrs Lilian Vugusta who  on behalf  of her mother in- law, says that the hospital  having received  Sh 210,000 its declined to set free  the patient  to enable relatives and friends to raise the balance.

The family has even attempted to palace title deed to secure her release but the management of the hospital has not agreed on the financial arrangement.

Mrs Vugusta said continuing keeping the patient in the hospital is one way of having bills increasing day by day

“Our request is that the patient be released to stop the bill from accruing  further  and in the interest of the patient whose  health  was deteriorating due to infections during her detention which were not part of the initial medical condition be considered by the court

She says despite her willingness to negotiate to a settlement where the outstanding bill would be settled at agreeable monthly installments, the hospital has declined to release the patient or listen to any other offer than cash that is not available right away.

The daughter in law claims that the continued detention of the patient is adversely affecting her medical condition and recovery process

She wants the court to order that the just and due bill incurred by the patient is sh 337,511 computed as 26 August.

High Court Judge Mumbi Ngugi certified the matter urgent and directed the petitioner to serve the hospital and matter be heard inter parties on November  17

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