Healthcare Legal Services

At Clay & Associates Advocates, we offer comprehensive healthcare legal services in Kenya to ensure that our clients in the healthcare industry navigate the complex legal landscape with confidence.

With in-depth knowledge of Kenya’s healthcare laws and regulations, we provide tailored legal solutions to healthcare providers, suppliers, and patients.

Trust us to protect your interests and provide effective legal guidance in the ever-evolving healthcare sector in Kenya.

Contact us today for expert healthcare legal support.

Healthcare Lawyers


Our experienced team of lawyers specializes in medical malpractice claims, healthcare contracts and agreements, regulatory compliance, health insurance claims, patient rights advocacy, healthcare policy and legislation, healthcare facility licensing, and healthcare employment law.

Commonly, we help clients with:

  • Medical Malpractice Claims
  • Healthcare Contracts and Agreements
  • Regulatory Compliance
  • Health Insurance Claims
  • Patient Rights Advocacy
  • Healthcare Facility Licensing

So whatever your problem or situation, our highly-trained and experienced team has seen it all before. To get started, please contact us to discuss your requirements and arrange a legal assessment.

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Before any fees, we’ll first schedule a consultation to listen and learn more about your situation.

The session is an hour long, and there are no obligations to engage our services afterward.

As part of the consultation, we’ll lean on our years of experience as healthcare lawyers to suggest the best solution for you or your business.

Our friendly healthcare advocates and practitioners are on hand to carry out a complimentary legal assessment of your business and advise how best to protect healthcare service providers, patients and stakeholders so get in touch today to discover how we can help you today.


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Frequently Asked Questions

What are the steps taken to obtain a healthcare facility license and registration in Kenya?

The process of obtaining a healthcare facility license and registration in Kenya typically involves several steps. While the specific requirements and procedures may vary depending on the type of healthcare facility and the county in which it is located, here is a general overview of the process:

1. Determine the Type of Facility: Identify the specific type of healthcare facility you intend to establish, such as a hospital, clinic, laboratory, or pharmacy. Different types of facilities may have different licensing requirements.

2. Conduct a Feasibility Study: Assess the feasibility of establishing the healthcare facility by conducting a thorough study that includes market analysis, financial projections, and infrastructure requirements. This helps ensure the viability and sustainability of the facility.

3. Incorporate a Legal Entity: Register the healthcare facility as a legal entity, such as a company or a nonprofit organization, with the Registrar of Companies in Kenya. This step involves preparing the necessary legal documents and paying the applicable fees.

4. Prepare Facility Documentation: Gather the required documentation for the facility, including architectural plans, building permits, lease agreements, ownership documents, and any other relevant certificates or clearances.

5. Obtain Approval from Relevant Authorities: Seek approvals and clearances from various regulatory bodies, such as the Ministry of Health, County Health Department, and other relevant agencies. This may involve submitting applications, paying fees, and undergoing inspections.

6. Prepare Standard Operating Procedures: Develop comprehensive standard operating procedures (SOPs) that outline the facility’s operational protocols, safety measures, infection control procedures, staffing requirements, and other essential policies.

7. Obtain a Health Facility License: Submit a completed application for a health facility license to the relevant authority, such as the County Health Department. The application typically includes the necessary forms, supporting documentation, and payment of the licensing fees.

8. Inspection and Evaluation: The regulatory authorities will conduct an inspection of the healthcare facility to assess its compliance with health and safety standards, infrastructure requirements, and adherence to applicable regulations.

9. Compliance and Correction: If any deficiencies or non-compliance issues are identified during the inspection, corrective measures must be taken to rectify them. This may involve making necessary improvements, obtaining additional certifications, or addressing any outstanding issues.

10. Granting of License: Once the healthcare facility meets all the requirements and is deemed compliant, a health facility license will be issued. The license is typically valid for a specific duration and may need to be renewed periodically.

It is essential to consult the specific guidelines and regulations set by the Ministry of Health and the respective county health departments in Kenya for detailed and up-to-date information on the process of obtaining a healthcare facility license and registration. Additionally, seeking legal counsel and guidance from professionals experienced in healthcare licensing can ensure a smooth and successful application process.

What options does a patient have in a medical malpractice case in Kenya?

In Kenya, a patient has several recourses available in a medical malpractice case. Here are the main options:

1. Filing a Lawsuit: The patient can file a civil lawsuit against the healthcare professional or facility responsible for the medical malpractice. The lawsuit seeks compensation for damages suffered as a result of the negligence or misconduct.

2. Seeking Mediation or Alternative Dispute Resolution: Instead of going to court, the patient and the healthcare provider/facility can opt for mediation or alternative dispute resolution methods to resolve the malpractice claim. This involves engaging a neutral third party to help facilitate negotiations and reach a settlement.

3. Reporting to Regulatory Authorities: The patient can report the medical malpractice incident to the relevant regulatory authorities, such as the Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentists Council (KMPDC) or the Kenya Medical Laboratory Technicians and Technologists Board (KMLTTB). These bodies have the authority to investigate complaints and take disciplinary actions against healthcare professionals if warranted.

4. Seeking Compensation through Insurance: If the healthcare professional or facility has liability insurance, the patient can file a claim with the insurance company to seek compensation for the damages caused by the medical malpractice.

5. Seeking Criminal Action: In cases of extreme negligence or intentional harm, the patient can file a criminal complaint with the police against the healthcare professional or facility. Criminal charges can lead to penalties, including fines and imprisonment if the accused is found guilty.

It is important for patients to consult with a qualified medical malpractice lawyer to understand their rights, evaluate their case, and determine the best course of action. Your lawyers can guide the patient through the legal process, help gather evidence, and advocate on their behalf to seek appropriate compensation and justice for the damages suffered.

How should a doctor handle a medical malpractice claim against him/her in Kenya?

If a doctor is facing a medical malpractice claim in Kenya, it is important to handle the situation carefully and professionally. Here are some general steps that a doctor should consider taking:

1. Notify Your Insurance Provider: Contact your professional liability insurance provider immediately to report the claim. Provide them with all relevant details and documentation related to the case. Your insurance provider will guide you through the claims process and provide legal representation, if necessary.

2. Consult with Legal Counsel: Engage the services of an experienced medical malpractice defense lawyer in Kenya. They will provide valuable advice and guidance throughout the legal proceedings, protect your rights, and represent your interests.

3. Preserve Documentation: Gather and preserve all medical records, patient files, test results, and any other relevant documentation related to the case. This includes any communication, emails, or correspondence with the patient or their representatives.

4. Avoid Communication Missteps: Refrain from discussing the case or making any statements regarding the incident with the patient, their family, or any other involved parties. This includes avoiding social media posts or public discussions that could be used against you in the legal process. Direct all communication to your lawyer.

5. Cooperate with Investigations: If regulatory authorities or insurance representatives conduct an investigation, cooperate fully and provide the necessary information and documentation requested. Be honest and transparent in your cooperation while following your lawyer’s advice.

6. Expert Opinion: Work closely with your defense attorney to obtain an independent expert opinion to evaluate the case. An expert opinion can help assess the quality of care provided and provide a professional perspective during legal proceedings.

7. Prepare a Strong Defense: Collaborate with your attorney to build a solid defense strategy. This may involve collecting evidence, identifying witnesses, and gathering expert testimony to challenge the allegations of medical malpractice.

8. Settlement Negotiations: If appropriate, explore the possibility of settlement negotiations. Your lawyer will help you assess the merits of the claim and determine if a settlement is in your best interest. Any settlement should be reached in consultation with your lawyer and insurance provider.

9. Attend Legal Proceedings: If the case proceeds to litigation, attend all court hearings and legal proceedings as required. Your lawyer will guide you through the process, represent you in court, and advocate for your defense.

10. Emotional Support: Dealing with a medical malpractice claim can be emotionally challenging. Seek support from trusted colleagues, mentors, or professional support networks to help you navigate the stress and emotions associated with the process.

Remember, every medical malpractice claim is unique, and it is crucial to consult with a qualified medical malpractice defense lawyer to ensure proper guidance throughout the process.

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