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BACOLOD CITY, Negros Occidental, Philippines — Four doctors and two staff members at hospitals run by the Western Negroes provincial government were under investigation for alleged medical infractions.
Complaints filed with the health department (DOH) involved medical malpractice and corruption, such as the sale of drugs in hospitals, Provincial Administrator Rayfrando Diaz said.
The complaints were filed by affected patients and the DOH had asked the province to help with the investigation, Diaz said.
Diaz, however, declined to identify the six respondents as the complaints were still under investigation.
“We instill responsibility and accountability in all of our healthcare workers. They have to render quality service,” Diaz said.
The allegations surfaced as Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson improved services at the province’s 11 district hospitals.
Among the programs implemented in the province is the One Hospital Command Center, which has a system that guides patients to hospitals where they need to be taken, and also serves as a monitoring system to determine which hospitals are carrying out or simply transmitting patients to other facilities.
According to Diaz, provincial officials were aware of the practice of some hospital chiefs continuing to refer patients to other hospitals and of those not even showing up for work.
Despite this, the province’s medical services would continue to be improved, including the recent decision to purchase six additional ambulances to bolster the Capitol’s emergency response under its 911 system.
The provincial government is also allocating funds for repairing leaky roofs of its hospitals, food terminal and other facilities hit by last December’s Typhoon Odette (international name: Rai), he added.
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