Patients’ Rights and Responsibilities: Part 1 – the Patients’ Rights Charter

  • Lorraine Osman
Keywords: patients' rights, patients' responsibility, Patients’ Rights Charter


We hear a lot about patients’ rights. Everyone’s right to access to healthcare is protected by the Constitution of our country. The National Department of Health took the rights of the patient further than merely access to healthcare. The Patients’ Rights Charter has set standards for healthcare since 1999. In addition, the Patients’ Rights Charter was adapted by the SA Pharmacy Council to be a Charter of Patients’ Rights in the Pharmacy. This article will examine the Department of Health’s Charter, and in each case will give a few examples from the pharmacy. There are obviously going to be more opportunities to fulfil the patients’ rights, so you are welcome to send your suggestions to the editor.
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