Programme Of Events – Medicine, Accountability & Law 2018
Posted: 23/Jan/2018

The Nigerian Bar Association Section on Business Law NBA SBL is organizing a Masterclass for lawyers in Medical Law Practice and lawyers seeking to specialize in this area of law which would hold during their 2018 Healthcare Management Conference in Lagos, themed ‘Medicine, Accountability and Law’.

The programme which starts today, 23rd January 2018 and ends tomorrow, 24th January 2018, is jointly organised by BeyHealth Consulting and the Nigerian Bar Association Section on Business Law (NBA-SBL)

The programme will highlight stakeholder responsibilities; proposing a medico-legal and regulatory framework to support consumer protection, enhanced patient safety standards and service quality excellence on behalf of the general public.

The two-day programme of events is highlighted below:


08:00 – 09:30           Registration

09:30 – 10:30          Opening Ceremony
Introducing the subject: Medical Ethics and Duty of Care –
Dr Adetokunbo Shitta-Bey & Mr Olumide Akpata

 KEYNOTE ADDRESS – Dr Osagie Ehanire – Hon. Minister of State                                    for Health, Federal Republic of Nigeria

10:30 – 11:00         Coffee Break

11:00 – 12:30         Session 1 – Consumer Protection and Patient Safety                                                  Standards

Consumer protection is at the heart of the medico-legal question in healthcare. There is broad acceptance of the need for an accountability framework designed to ensure service quality excellence and regulation of patient safety standards at all levels of practice throughout the healthcare sector. This session considers the crucial issues of consumer protection and professional performance standards vis-à-vis the rights and expectations of patients and citizens.

Chairman: Olorogun (Dr) S.F. Kuku, OFR
 Speaker:    Mr Babatunde Irukera – Director-General/Chief                                             Executive, Consumer Protection Council/Chairman SBL-CPC

   Discussants: 1. Prof. Shima Gyoh
2. Senator Lanre Tejuosho
3. Dr Olurotimi Ojo
4. Mrs Onikekpo Braithwaite

12:30 – 13:30           Lunch Break

13:30 – 15:00           Session 2 – Medical Jurisprudence, Law and Regulation

Modern considerations on the question of medical negligence derive substantially from the principle of law established in the landmark English case of Donoghue v Stevenson [1932] AC 562. In delivering his judgement, Lord Atkin declared there was a general duty to “take reasonable care to avoid acts or omissions which you can reasonably foresee would be likely to injure your neighbour”. This session reflects upon contemporary interpretations of the fundamental principles of negligence and duty of care. It contextualises experiences in the light of existing law and lays a foundation for further discussion on meaningful legislative change on behalf of the population.

Chairman:  Mr Augustine Alegeh, SAN
  Speaker:    Mr Olaolu Osanyin – CEO, Centre for Medical Law                                                            Research & Development

Discussants: 1. Dr Tajudeen A. B. Sanusi
2. Mr Imran O. Shitta-Bey
3. Dr Joel Akande
4. Dr Cheluchi Onyemelukwe, PhD

15:00 – 16:30            Session 3 – “Counting the Cost” – Funding Healthcare Services in Nigeria

The range of funding instruments adopted within a healthcare delivery economy is of considerable importance to matters of quality, performance and accountability throughout private and public-sector healthcare. This session focuses on the means and mechanism of funding healthcare services in Nigeria and offers proposals for alternative methods of funding potentially applicable in this setting. It considers pitfalls in the current system and explores factual links between funding inadequacies and issues of medico-legal significance. This session takes a broader look at the crucial question of healthcare financing and examines the vital importance of a well-funded healthcare service in maintaining accountability measures throughout the healthcare system.

Chairman: Dr Jide Idris, Hon. Commissioner for Health, Lagos State
Speaker: Dr Leke Oshunniyi, CEO/MD, Multishield Nigeria Ltd.

Discussants: 1. Dr Olaokun Soyinka
2. Dr Ebun Bamgboye
3. Dr Nkata Chuku
4. Mr Obinnia Abajue
5. Mrs Clare Omatseye

16:30 – 17:00           Wrap-Up session / Q & A

17:00+                     Cocktails


08:00 – 09:30         Registration

09:30 – 09:45        Welcome

09:45 – 11:15        Session 1 – Mitigating Malpractice Risk – Professional                                              indemnity and medico- legal insurance

Despite an increasing number of complaints received by professional regulatory bodies such as the Medical and Dental Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal, records suggest that only a minority of medical negligence cases are instigated in the courts or indeed benefit from any form of arbitration, professional or otherwise. This session examines the need to mitigate the worst effects of professional malpractice on behalf of patients and the general population. It discusses the importance of medico-legal insurance as a lever for accountability and professional performance standards, and highlights the importance of indemnifying patients (and practitioners) in the event of breaches leading to harm.

Chairman: Dr Ebun Sonaiya
Speaker: Ms Adetola Adegbayi – Executive Director, Leadway                                          Assurance Ltd

Discussants:  1. Dr Olurotimi Ojo
2. Mr Tokunbo Bello
3. Mr Dominic Ichaba
4. Mr Stephen Agbeyegbe

11:15 – 11:45            Coffee Break

11:45 – 12:45            Session 2 – (Clinical Governance Masterclass): Maintaining                                     Confidentiality and Consent – Dr Ike Nwachukwu, Consultant                                      Orthopaedic Surgeon & MD, Nikea Specialist Hospital

In the first of a two-part Masterclass series examining the “nuts and bolts” of clinical governance and medico-legal practice, Dr Nwachukwu discusses the central issues of patient confidentiality and obtaining consent. He explores the fundamental principles of these practices and highlights pitfalls and practical scenarios arising from a breach in confidentiality and similar failures in patient safety mechanisms. This session will be facilitated by Dr Adetokunbo Shitta-Bey, Director, Clinical Governance and Education, BeyHealth Consulting.

12:45 – 13:45              Session 3 – (Medical Law Masterclass): Developing a                                                Medical Law Practice – Mr Imran O. Shitta-Bey, Head of                                               Chambers, S.A. Shitta-Bey & Co (Jabita Chambers) Barristers &                                       Solicitors  

This “how-to” workshop is designed as a practical Masterclass for aspiring legal practitioners with an interest in developing a practice in medical law issues. It offers a step-by-step guide to developing necessary competencies, acquiring the right resources and servicing the needs of an increasingly vulnerable client base. This session will be facilitated by Dr Cheluchi Onyemelukwe, PhD, Executive Director, Centre for Health, Ethics, Law and Development (CHELD).

13:45 – 14:45              Lunch Break

14:45 – 16:15              Session 4 – Avoiding Medical Negligence: Good Medical                                            Practice, Evidence-Based Medicine and Professional                                                  Performance Standards

Established legal and ethical principles confer the responsibility of a duty of care which the medical profession affirms is owed (prima facie) to a patient by an attending medical practitioner, and implicit in the role of every doctor and allied health professional. This session discusses the basic principles of good medical practice as a natural means of “defence” against litigation and claims of medically negligent behaviour. It offers interesting insights into the legal viewpoint of evidence-based clinical practice and the corresponding requirement to reach evidence-based judgements in a court of law.

Chairman: Dr Seyi Roberts
Speaker: Dr Olurotimi Ojo – Consultant Adult Psychiatrist, Sussex                                                   Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, UK

Discussants: 1. Dr Ike Nwachukwu
2. Mr Seni Adio, SAN
3. Ms Taiwo Dairo
4. Ms Yemi Adamolekun

16:15 – 16:30            Wrap-Up / Q & A

16:30                         Closing Remarks

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