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DoH names docs, nurses in Cebu ‘canister scandal’
By Jeannette Andrade
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 16:20:00 04/22/2008
MANILA, Philippines —
The Department of Health (DoH) has named the three doctors and two nurses of the Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center (VSMMC) in Cebu City who may face charges for the so-called “canister scandal.”
Secretary Francisco Duque III identified the VSMMC medical staff as head surgeon Philips Leo Arias; assistant surgeons Angelo Linawagan and Max Joseph Montecillo; nursing attendant Rosemarie Villareal; and circulating nurse Carmina Sapio.
Duque said at a press conference Tuesday at the DoH main office in Manila that more persons may be named respondents, depending on the outcome of the preliminary investigation.
The violations they may be charged with, the secretary said, range from simple neglect to grave misconduct. But he emphasized that before administrative charges are filed, due process must be observed.
“I would like to clarify and stress, no charges have been filed as of yet because we need to follow certain procedures. It behooves upon us to make sure that the processes, the procedures are being followed. Ayaw nating ma-teknikal tayo [We don’t want to be caught in a technicality],” the DoH secretary pointed out.
He explained that, while the VSMMC and the DoH Central Visayas have conducted their respective fact-finding investigations, the hospital still has to issue show-cause letters to the respondents and allow them to explain why they should not be charged.
It is only after they have responded can the DoH conduct a preliminary investigation into the possible filing of administrative charges, during which the levels of participation and corresponding sanctions will be determined.
Below is the actual video on the operating room. Video is converted already to 3gp file, which you can download directly to your mobilephones.
I'm lucky enough to upload the video from youtube before they remove it again. As I know, they prohibit the distribution of the video.
As what I've read in the news, the Hospital Administration were only blaming on a student nurse, who took and uploaded the video. What?! come on, try to see the video again. How many people were there on the footage holding their cellphone near the guy’s ass? While other people on the Operating Room are having fiesta.
Such a shame to those who were inside the operating room. You've violated the clients privacy.
This incident can bring lesson on students and professionals who are in the medical field.