Court rules on detention of a patient

What you need to know:

  • Court considered the fact that the patient was officially discharged from the hospital.

Emmah Muthoni Njeri was admitted at the Nairobi Women’s Hospital on March 23, 2018 and discharged on May 14, 2018 with an accumulated hospital bill of about KShs3m (Shs100m). 
She was able to pay about one third of the bill and made proposals on how to pay the outstanding balance. 
The hospital, however, rejected her proposal but instead detained and incarcerated her at the hospital premises and continued to levy charges on her. She was finally released by the hospital on October19, 2018 and by then her bill had risen to more than KShs4m.


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