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KNH set to discharge 250 patients detained over bills

The KNH management acknowledged there had been a public discussion on the topic of discharge of patients from hospitals and the financial strain in several hospitals nationally/FILE

NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 2 – The Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH) is set to discharge 250 patients who were detained at the institution over unpaid bills.

The KNH management acknowledged there had been a public discussion on the topic of discharge of patients from hospitals and the financial strain in several hospitals nationally.

A report by the Ministry of Health put the number of patients detained at 184 while 387 bodies have not been released for burial for non-payment of almost Sh6 billion.

“The Board of Management of Kenyatta National Hospital has taken a decision to release 250 patients from the hospital wards. The function will be held at Administration Block Parking Area today at 2pm where the Board will address the media,” a statement from the Communications Department stated.

A special team has since been formed to investigate cases of patients detained in various hospitals countrywide for failing to pay hospital bills.

Principal Secretary Susan Mochache had tasked the team to probe nine private and public hospitals.

Among them included the Kenyatta National Hospital, Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital, the Nairobi Hospital, the Aga Khan University Hospital and Mater Hospital among others.

The special team will also be required to determine the number of bodies in mortuaries being detained over unpaid bills.

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