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Doctors to be held criminally liable for rejecting gunshot victims

Lagos State Police Command has said that all medical practitioners, under the “Compulsory Treatment and Care of Victims Of Gunshot Act, 2017  Act whether public or private shall accept or receive for immediate and adequate treatment with or without police clearance any person with a gunshot wounds.

The Act, however requires the hospital treating such a patient to report the fact to the nearest police station within two hours of commencement of treatment.

The Commissioner of Police, Lagos State, Imohimi Edgal, saddened by the allegation against the Reddington Hospital, has directed all Area Commanders and Divisional Police Officers in that state to henceforth arrest and diligently prosecute any medical practitioner who rejects a gunshot victim on the ground of no police report.

The Commissioner of Police wants doctors to note that the Act recommends a five-year-jail term for any person, hospital or authority who stands by or omits to do his bit which results in the unnecessary death of any person with bullet wounds.

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