Abuja – The House of Representatives on Wednesday said it would conduct an investigative hearing into the activities of the management of National Hospital, Abuja, with a view to coming up with legislative intervention aimed at restructuring and repositioning the tertiary health institution for better and efficient service delivery.
The resolution of the House followed a motion under matters of urgent public importance moved by Hon. Sani Abdul (APC, Bauchi), drawing attention of the House to what he called “the disappointing and sorry state of affairs prevalent at the National Hospital.”
Moving the motion that was unanimously adopted by members via a voice vote, Hon. Abdu explained that since the National Hospital was upgraded to a Tertiary Referral Hospital and Centre of Excellence in 1999, service delivery began well but down the line got deteriorated and degraded.
The lawmaker expressed concern that the level of decay in both physical structure and service delivery indices had become intolerable.
Abdu further expressed worries over the pains suffered by both patients and their relations in seeking medical care generally due to the high level of mal-administration, loss of medical and work ethics in the hospital.
Contributing to the motion, Hon. Aishatu Jibril Dukku (APC, Gombe) said that there was an urgent need to look into the issue of National Hospital to bring an end to the menace.
She urged the house to visit the hospital to ascertain its condition, as there are reports of negligence by doctors and consultants who abandon patients to languish in bed while they carry out their private businesses outside the hospital, leaving patients and their loved ones to grapple with accumulated bills for services not rendered nor solicited in some cases.
The House therefore mandated its joint Committees on Health Institutions, Health Services and Government Affairs to conduct a comprehensive investigative hearing to proffer solution to the state of affairs of the hospital.