Rights of the Patient
The following are the rights of the patient as laid down by law and they are non-negotiable.
- You have a right to be told all the facts about your illness; to have your medical records explained to you; and to be made aware of risks and side effects, if any, of the treatment prescribed for you do not hesitate to question your doctor about any of these aspects.
- When you are being given a physical examination, you have a right to be handled with consideration and due regard for your modesty.
- You have a right to know your doctor’s qualifications. If you cannot evaluate them yourself, do not hesitate to ask someone who can.
- You have a right to complete confidentiality regarding your illness.
- If you are doubtful about the treatment prescribed and especially an operation suggested, you have a right to get a second opinion from any specialist.
- You have a right to be told in advance, what an operation is for and the possible risks involved. If this is not possible because of your being unconscious or for some other reasons, your nearest relatives must be told before they consent to the operation.
- If you are to be discharged or moved to another hospital, you have a right to be informed in advance and to make your own choice of hospital or nursing home, in consultation with the doctor.
- You have a right to get your case papers upon request.