Bill banning public office holders from medical tourism for Second Reading


A bill to bar public office holders including President, Governors and others from traveling abroad for treatment without recourse to court approval, has been slated for second reading in the House of Representatives.

According to Vanguard, the bill entitled: “Public Officers International Medical Treatment Trips Regulation Bill, 2019,” and sponsored by Sergius Ogun(PDP-Edo) intends to place strict restrictions and conditions on medical tourism by public officers.

The proposed Act stresses that every medical trip, must come with the leave of the Federal High Court, the paper said adding in sections 5, 6 and 7 of it: “A public officer shall not embark on a trip for medical treatment abroad, without first seeking and obtaining an order of court, granting him/her leave to so do.

“A public officer who desires to travel abroad for medical treatment, shall apply to the Federal High Court for leave to travel abroad for medical treatment, showing cause why he/she must embark on the medical trip abroad.”

In the final analyse, the proposal is aimed at reducing capital flight in the name of medical tourism and the development of local hospitals to global standard.

The House of Representatives will resume next week Tuesday, from its Christmas and New Year recess, to consider pending legislation and key treaties.

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